Semi bids for Owls recall in Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield

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Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo is in line for an instant recall to the Owls side when they face Huddersfield Town next weekend.

Semedo scored Wednesday’s only goal in a drawn behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday afternoon - almost a month after he was sent off for a poor challenge on Bolton’s Jay Spearing at the Reebok Stadium.

That red card saw Semedo hit with a three-match ban, ruling him out of the games against Barnsley, Reading and Derby.

But the 28-year-old fan favourite issued a timely reminder to Owls boss Dave Jones of his qualities against Burnley, before scoring with a rare header.

The Owls, who have another private friendly against Hull City today, fielded a strong side against Burnley as Jones bids to keep his players match-fit as the Championship takes a break for this weekend’s internationals.

Rhys McCabe, Jermaine Johnson and Miguel Llera all featured on the teamsheet, while Martin Taylor played at centre half after returning to the club following a loan spell at Brentford.

Striker Chris Maguire did his chances of a recall no harm, either, with an industrious shift up front alongside Atdhe Nuhiu.

Taylor, meanwhile, has refused to rule out the possibility of another loan spell following his successful stay with the Bees.

The giant defender scored twice during his time at Griffin Park, but returned to Hillsborough after falling out of favour with the League One promotion chasers.

“It’s not something I’d rule out, going out on loan,” Taylor, who turned 34 on Saturday, said.

“But it’s the kind of thing that happens on a day-to-day basis in discussions with the manager.

“I enjoyed my time down there [at Brentford] and managed to score a couple of goals.

“Getting the matches in is always good and it gets you fit.

“I’ve been in football long enough to know that things change, and I’m going to keep battling for my place.”