Dawson eyes Reds comeback for key derby with Owls

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Barnsley could be handed a boost ahead of Saturday’s crucial South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday after midfielder Stephen Dawson declared himself fit.

Dawson has been missing since damaging ankle ligaments against Ipswich back in January, but has been an unused substitute in Barnsley’s last two games.

On Saturday, Barnsley travel to Hillsborough to face a Wednesday side who lie one place and one point below them in the Championship table - and Dawson is keen to play a part.

“I’ve trained for the last three weeks,” Irishman Dawson said, “and hopefully I can push to make a difference this weekend.

“It’s been long, hard and a lot of hours in the gym.

“Head physio Craig Sedgwick has been absolutely magnificent with me.

“He’s had to put up with a lot of my tantrums with me not being able to do what I’ve always wanted to do.

“Football is a big part of my life, and it’s been frustrating.”

Wednesday halted a run of seven straight defeats back in December when they beat Barnsley 1-0 at Oakwell, thanks to a Chris O’Grady goal.

O’Grady is now plying his trade under Barnsley boss David Flitcroft after joining on loan, but is not eligible to face his parent club on Saturday.

“The job Flicker (Flitcroft), Scotty (Martin Scott) and Micky (Mellon) have done has been brilliant and I just can’t wait to get back involved,” Dawson added.

“We should have won that match back at Oakwell, and it pretty much summed up our season - dominating, and not getting the right result.

“So personally I think we owe them.”