DAVE Jones is hoping for an all-clear from three players for the Yorkshire derby at Leeds as he also sets his sights on a top-10 finish.
The Owls manager believes that Reda Johnson and Giles Coke could be fit and Jermaine Johnson fully ready for the Elland Road clash after all three had to drop out of the starting line-up at Millwall.
“We hope they’ll all be okay for the weekend,” Jones told The Star. “To play two games close together is a big ask for some of them at the moment. There are four or five players that we are nursing along. The Millwall game was probably a day too soon for some of them.”
Reda Johnson’s problem ankle was swollen and Coke’s foot injury was sore again - though he had hoped that he would get through to the end of the season without missing another game.
Jermaine Johnson had scored three goals in the previous two games. But his hamstrings were tight so he was not risked. However, he was able to play for the last half hour as a sub.
Jones also said: “We are only one point off tenth place. I think it will probably be the highest points tally to keep teams in the division, and the lowest to go up. We want to finish with as many points as we possibly can.”
With only five games left, he and chairman Milan Mandaric have already begun thinking about next season. The chairman says in today’s Sheffield Telegraph that this season he has topped up the budget by “£6m or £7m cash.”
Mandaric, who sat next to QPR manager and former Portsmouth colleague Harry Redknapp at the Millwall game, added: “It’s only money, but one day, if I sell the club, I’ll see if I can get my investment back; if I don’t then it’s not the end of the world.”