Sheffield Wednesday: Helan in but Maghoma out

Jeremy Helan speaks to the media at the Owls training ground
Jeremy Helan speaks to the media at the Owls training ground

Jeremy Helan will see his first action as a fully fledged Owl in today’s friendly at Scunthorpe - but new boy Jacques Maghoma faces a fight to be fit for the start of the season,

Bad news about Maghoma coincides with Helan’s arrrival from Manchester City on a four-year contract.

Manager Dave Jones told The Star that Helan will play for at least part of the game at Glanford Park.

Maghoma is out because of the ankle injury he suffered on his debut at Stockport on Tuesday.

Jones is delighted to have beaten Wolves and other clubs in the chase for Helan, who may have cost the Owls around £300,000, and the boss is philosophical about Maghoma’s setback after he been looking sharp.

“We’re hoping to get Jacques fit for the start of the season (which begins on August 3),” said Jones, “He could be three or four weeks.

“It was an impact injury. There was nothing we could do about it. He was doing well, and it’s just unfortunate.”

Helan wanted to return to Hillsborough because he feels at a home. He also hopes that he can help the Owls to return to the Premier League.

The 21-year-old left winger said: “Sheffield Wednesday are a good club, a good team, with nice people and players, and good staff, I really wanted to work with them again.

“They showed me things I didn’t know. They put me in an environment where I could express myself. Once you find a place like this place, you don’t think twice. That’s why I thought it was always the best option for me.

“I know this club’s past. It won’t be easy, but if we can take steps to take it where it was, step by step, day after day, and we can get closer each day, then that is something which is very good.

“They didn’t sign me for four years to be chilling. I am here to work hard and help the club. We’re going to have to work hard each day to take the club back to where it was.”