Sheffield Wednesday: Gray’s support for Guch

Oguchi Onyewu
Oguchi Onyewu

Stuart Gray says he is disappointed Oguchi Onyewu will not be representing USA in the World Cup next week.

The defender joined the Owls in January on a short term deal, looking to force his way back into the plans of US boss Jurgen Klinsmann.

Despite playing 19 games during his time at Hillsborough, Onyweu failed to make the USA squad for Brazil and will miss out after two successive World Cup call-ups.

“We were disappointed for Guch because he’s a good professional and a good lad,” Gray said.

“It’s how it goes.

“He wanted to come here and prove his fitness was up to scratch. I think he did that but in the end the manager decided to go down a different route.

“I know he will be very disappointed he didn’t make the squad because he’s played in those two World Cups.”

Onyewu is one of four players – along with Chris Kirkland, Jose Semedo and Glenn Loovens – deciding whether to accept a new deal with Wednesday.

The 32-year-old has expressed a desire to stay in England and says there is a chance that will be with the Owls.

He said: “Right now no decisions have been made but I’m aiming to stay in the UK.

“It’s always a possibility that I will stay at Wednesday.

“But I want to weigh my options up before I make I final decision.

“Who knows, maybe I’ll have the opportunity to play for Newcastle again. You never know.”

Onyewu spent three months on loan with Newcastle in 2007.

He joined Queens Park Rangers last October but failed to make a single appearance before leaving to sign for Wednesday.