Sheffield Wednesday: Owls defender on brink of ban

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday defender Miguel Llera is walking a disciplinary tightrope and enters a busy period just a booking away from a ban.

The central defender goes into Saturday’s big South Yorkshire derby with nine bookings to his name this season.

A tenth booking before the second Sunday in April (i.e April 14) will trigger a two-match ban. If he manages to get through to that date without seeing another yellow card, then he would be clear to play in the remaining four matches regardless of any further bookings.

The 33-year-old Spaniard, who has been a regular this season and has 37 appearances so far, has only picked up two bookings in his last 17 appearances for the Owls with the last of them on February 19 in the goalless draw at Birmingham.

However, that was his ninth but he has played five games since then without picking up a caution.

He now needs to go another five games unpunished starting with the big Barnsley clash and then another relegation ‘six-pointer’ at Bristol City next Monday.

The other games are Blackburn, at Millwall and at Leeds.

With demand for tickets for Saturday’s derby against Barnsley continuing to grow, the club confidently expect their biggest crowd of the season which would mean topping the 28,000 for the Leeds game in October.

Jermaine Johnson is in the Jamaica squad for their World Cup qualifier away to Costa Rica in San Jose tonight. He went on as a substitute during their 1-1 draw with Panama at the weekend.

The Under 21 game against Leeds United, called off last Friday due to snow, will now be on Thursday, April 25 at Hillsborough (7).