Sheffield Wednesday: Why new boy is happy to bear battle scars

Owls new boy Will Keane
Owls new boy Will Keane

New boy Will Keane will proudly bear his battle scar at Reading today.

The striker, on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season, was forced off after 75 minutes of his Owls debut against Birmingham City on Tuesday after suffering a cut above his left eye.

Keane, aged 22, said he got an accidental elbow to his face and needed four stitches in the facial wound.

Speaking to the press corps yesterday, the Stockport-born player said: “It makes me look like a true Championship striker! A few knocks are all part and parcel of the game.”

Keane was neat and tidy in possession as Wednesday failed to find the back of the net for the eighth time in 14 Championship matches at Hillsborough this campaign.

He said: “I thought I retained the ball well at times versus Birmingham. I would have liked to have had more chances.

“It was quite a scrappy game but we did try and get the ball down and play. We had a few good chances in the first half and pushed hard in the last 20 minutes for a goal but it didn’t quite come. Overall, I think it was a good performance on a pitch that wasn’t ideal.

“We looked solid and we did create chances so hopefully we can make them count against Reading.”

Keane believes the team will be aiming to impress prospective new owner Dejphon Chansiri when they lock horns with Reading, who are also owned by a Thai-based group.

“Everyone is excited and buzzing about the takeover,” he said. “It is something all the players are aware of but we know our job is to focus on Reading. The new owners will be seeing the players for the first time and everyone will want to make a good first impression. Everyone will be trying their best and looking to do well.”

He hopes the Owls can cap off a memorable week in style by beating Reading.

“We want to put in a good performance and get the three points for the fans,” said Keane.

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