SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls in bid to beat bug

Latest victim: Captain Anthony Gardner hopes to be all clear for Saturday's game. picture: STEVE ELLIS
Latest victim: Captain Anthony Gardner hopes to be all clear for Saturday's game. picture: STEVE ELLIS

SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s training ground will be closed today as the club seek to eradicate a sickness bug.

The shutdown comes with the illness having claimed captain Anthony Gardner as its latest victim.

Manager Dave Jones is keen to avoid the problem growing worse and undermining his team’s revival.

Gardner is the latest in a long line of players to have suffered the symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea.

“We’re closing the whole place down,” said Jones, who hopes for a clean bill of health by the time Peterborough visit Hillsborough on Saturday. Training will resume tomorrow.

Jones said some players have suffered more severely than others: “It’s some type of bug that’s been in the club. One or two of those who have had it have been able to carry on. We hope that everybody will be ok for Saturday.”

Aside from the bug, Stephen Bywater remains off work because of pnuemonia - the reason why ex-Everton keeper Adam Davies was signed on a month-to-month contract.

But there is better news on the injury front with midfield players Chris Lines and Rhys McCabe having come through a behind-closed-doors reserve game against Doncaster Rovers at Middlewood yesterday.

Lines played only for the first half, McCabe for almost an hour, as they stepped up their comebacks after groin and thigh injuries respectively.

The Owls also included Rodri, Kieran Lee, Danny Mayor, Nejc Pecnik and Joe Mattock, and won 4-2. Mayor scored two goals, Pecnik one, and the other was notched by a trialist. Chris Brown (penalty) and Michael Woods netted for Rovers.