Sheffield Wednesday: No-nonsense Johnson ready for Owls reunion

Owls old boy Roger Johnson
Owls old boy Roger Johnson

Big centre-back Roger Johnson speaks as he plays.

The Charlton Athletic defender is an uncompromising, direct and brutally honest individual.

But head coach Stuart Gray hopes Johnson has a nightmare afternoon when he lines up against the Owls tomorrow.

The 31-year-old spent over three months on loan at Wednesday last season, making 17 starts before moving to West Ham on a temporary basis.

Now Johnson has established himself as a regular-team player at The Valley, helping Guy Luzon’s team surge up to 11th in the table.

Gray told The Star: “I remember Roger’s first training session with us.

“I think he dislocated his shoulder on the Thursday and ended up playing on the Saturday at Birmingham City so that just shows the type of player he is. He had a jab on the Saturday and ended up playing.

“Roger is a good organiser and leader. He enjoys defending and getting hit with the ball.

“He came here and did excellent for us. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is very competitive.

“Credit to Roger for getting off his backside and coming to Sheffield Wedneday as he could have just stayed at Wolves and carried on picking up his big wages but he decided to come and get some games.

“I would imagine he will have Charlton fired up and trying to get a good result.

“Let’s hope he doesn’t have a good game on Saturday!”

Charlton have injury concerns over midfielder Johnnie Jackson, who has not featured since mid-February due to a muscle problem and Igor Vetokele (Achilles) but Chris Solly and Yoni Buyens are available for selection after serving their suspensions.

Gray said: “Charlton have a good squad of players and have been winning consistently. Wins are what shoot you up the table and that’s where we have let ourselves down. We threw away two points against Huddersfield.”

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