Owls stars play through the pain

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MANAGER Dave Jones has praised his Sheffield Wednesday squad for playing through the pain barrier ahead of their meeting with Walsall tonight.

Jones, whose record reads three wins from as many matches in charge, has confirmed a number of his senior players are carrying bumps and bruises as the race for automatic promotion hots up.

Captain Rob Jones hobbled off with a neck strain in the 2-1 win at Notts County last weekend while Gary Madine and Michail Antonio also sustained dead legs at Meadow Lane. However, the trio are all expected to be available against the Saddlers.

“You have a tendency within a football club when things are not going well that injuries take a little bit longer for some reason and when you are flying players get over it,” said Jones. “Whether it is psychological or what, it does happen. Mark Beevers was ill and could not travel with the squad but he has now got over it and that’s great.

“Rob Jones is determined to play and has popped every anti-inflammation tablet known to man. That’s what we want because that means that the players care for this club. They care about the 4,500 who travelled away at Notts and all the support we get at home.”

Jones refused to be drawn on speculation linking them with Crystal Palace winger Sean Scannell and added: “I can’t help the rumour mill.”