Bennett set to return to Owls

Shrewsbury face a defensive crisis with Lee Collins having left

and fellow loanee Julian Bennett set to follow suit.

Collins has been allowed to rejoin Barnsley after two months at

the Greenhous Meadow during which he made 10 appearances, the most

recent coming at the start of November.

And, with the loan window having closed last week, manager

Graham Turner is now starting to rue that decision after it was

confirmed Bennett’s back injury looks likely to curtail his stay,

with his initial month-long agreement with Sheffield Wednesday

expiring this weekend.

“I need to talk to Sheffield Wednesday about Julian,” Turner

told Town’s official website. “The physios, medical people (from

both clubs), have already been in touch with each other. They know

what’s going on. It doesn’t look too promising that he will be with

us after this weekend simply because of his back injury.

“His time looks as though it’s up here and it’s a pity because

he is a very experienced player. It’s unfortunate that we’ve

obviously let Lee Collins’ loan lapse before we knew about

Julian.”

Turner added: “I can’t do anything about it until January so

that’s one of the problems we’ve got to face. We’ve got players who

are flexible in where they play, Rob Purdie, Joe Jacobson and

Jermaine Grandison can all play in different positions. (There’s)

Connor Goldson and one or two of the other younger players like

Ryan Woods.”