SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: O’Grady blow for Owls

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday expect to be without Chris O’Grady for at least two weeks because of a foot injury.

It also put paid to Barnsley’s hopes of landing the striker on loan,

The Reds have now signed ex-Owls striker Marcus Tudgay from Forest on loan until January 3.

Wednesday boss Dave Jones responded to Barnsley’s earier revelation that they wanted O’Grady, by telling The Star: “I don’t talk about ins and outs until they’ve actually happened, but at the moment Chris is injured. We want to try to get him back in the squad as quickly as possible. We’ve left him in the hands of the medical people.”

Gary Madine is likely to stay in the Owls team at the City Ground on Saturday, with O’Grady having been ruled out.

Madine was himself linked with a loan move, to Swindon, but was preferred to O’Grady for last Friday’s game at Middlesbrough and scored, which could signal a fresh start for him with the Owls.

Jones’ plans will also be shaped by whether or not he is able to bring in a striker on loan, which would have to coincide with someone going out.

An imminent move to Hillsborough for Connor Wickham has continued to look uncertain and will be dependent on Sunderland’s intentions.

Jones, however, will want to make a striker signing before 5pm next Thursday - the deadline for emergency loans in the first half of the season. The next opportunity after that, for loans or full transfers, will come when the January window opens.

It is also believed that Barnsley will renew their interest in O’Grady then, though Manchester City forward Alex Nimely is also a target.

While O’Grady faces a short lay-off, Jones is pleased that Chris Lines is stepping up his comeback after a groin injury; he had a third outing, in the reserves on Tuesday: “It was good to see him get another 60 minutes,” said Jones.