Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star Kieran Lee eyes debut against old club Oldham

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KIERAN Lee is in contention for a competitive debut for the Owls against his old club Oldham on Monday despite his shortage of recent match action, writes Paul Thompson.

The full back has had a hip injury and played only for the second half at Kilmarnock after receiving no game time against Doncaster or West Brom.

But manager Dave Jones feels that his basic fitness could be high enough for him to play in the Capital One Cup tie. “Anybody who’s had a niggle in pre-season, we’ve kept them out, but even where some players have not been able to do contact they’ve been able to do the running and other bits,” said Jones, who was pleased with the fitness and sharpness of those who figured in the 4-1 win at Kilmarnock.

But Gary Madine is still troubled by his foot injury and will have to be assessed to see whether he can play at Oldham.

Jones said: “He’s feeling sorry for himself, But he’s not far away.

“He’s champing at the bit. It was a nasty kick on the foot and it’s badly bruised. As soon as he starts to strike the ball or run, the stress is going through it.”

The squad will train today and tomorrow and are set to be joined by Jason Koumas. Jones has stressed all along that the midfielder who was released by Wigan almost a year ago is just coming to train and it does not mean he will be signed.

He was due to join in last month but has been held back by a foot injury. “He’s not done anything for a season; we’ll see how he is,” said Jones.”