Sheffield Wednesday: JJ reels from World Cup ban

Jermaine Johnson, pictured here turning past Blackburn's Josh Morris, is suspended for Jamaica's next game

Jermaine Johnson, pictured here turning past Blackburn's Josh Morris, is suspended for Jamaica's next game

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Jermaine Johnson has told of his frustration after being ruled out of an important World Cup qualifier.

The Wednesday winger is in his home country with the Jamaica squad for their vital summer but has been banned from next Tuesday’s clash with Mexico in Kingston.

He is out for one game because of an accumulation of yellow cards.

JJ, who is expected to sign a new deal with the Owls, will come back into contention for a Kingston qualifier against the USA next Friday and a trip to Honduras the following Tuesday as Jamaica bid to move off the bottom of their qualifying group.

He said: “I am really disappointed because I really want to help the team to get the results that are needed.

“But I still have to keep positive and try and get my fitness up and stay positive and confident.”

He has recently recovered from the hamstring problem that disrupted his finale last season and he played as a sub in Jamaica’s 0-0 draw with Spurs in the Bahamas last week.

JJ added: “I don’t think this (the ban) will break my momentum: it is just one game and there are other players who can do what the fans and country need.

“If we lose any of these games, I think it is going to be very hard for us to come back, so getting three points in each of these games will really boost us.

“I think we can win them if we keep confident and believe in ourselves and the fans come out and help us.”

The USA game will pit him against Bolton’s former Wednesday loan midfield player Stuart Holden, who played as a sub in a 4-2 friendly defeat by Belgium in Cleveland.

Cheltenham midfielder Marlon Pack is the latest player to be linked with the Owls.