Sheffield Wednesday: Owls wait on duo

Blackpool's Jamie O'Hara vies for possession with Sheffield Wednesday's Lewis McGugan.
Blackpool's Jamie O'Hara vies for possession with Sheffield Wednesday's Lewis McGugan.

Sheffield Wednesday are hopeful skipper Glenn Loovens and Lewis McGugan will be fit to face Wigan Athletic tomorrow night.

Loovens sat out the Owls’ Boxing Day victory at home to Blackpool because of a hamstring problem while McGugan was taken off in the closing stages due to illness.

Dutch centre-back Loovens trained yesterday but Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray admits he is “touch and go” for the trip to the DW Stadium.

He said: “Glenn will be touch and go. Glenn was very close to playing against Blackpool. He trained today but he felt it slightly so we will just review it tomorrow.

“We had to bring off Lewis [McGugan] because he was unwell. Lewis is on a course of antibiotics. Fingers crossed he will be okay for Wigan.”

Gray, who confirmed Kamil Zayatte has been included in Guinea’s provisional squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, said strengthening his forward line is his top priority in January. The Wednesday chief admitted they are keeping close tabs on prolific Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle but says there are “more likely” to bring in loan recruits.

On Doyle, Gray said: “He’s scoring goals on a regular basis. Those type of players are always going to be on the radar. You are always looking at every division.

“I won’t comment on speculation but we are going to be interested in anyone who is scoring goals.”

Owls have held discussions with Reading and Watford over extending Royston Drenthe and McGugan’s loan deals. The duo are poised to return to their parent clubs after Wednesday’s clash at Wigan.

Gray, who plans to review Dejan Kelhar’s situation in the new year, said: “We have been in contact with Watford and Reading. It’s whether they [Lewis and Royston] want to stay. I think they are both enjoying their football. They are playing and that’s the most important thing.

“The last thing they want to do is go back to their parent clubs and be sat on the bench. When they are not your player, you are having to rely on other football clubs so everything will probably be left to the last minute. Questions have been asked and the players know we want them to stay.”

But he added: “Every player has got a price tag. I would imagine if Reading or Watford get an offer, they will consider it.”

Zayatte, Lewis Buxton, Sam Hutchinson and Giles Coke remain on the sidelines.

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