Carlos Carvalhal tells Lewis McGugan he can leave Sheffield Wednesday

Carlos Carvalhal has told Lewis McGugan he is free to leave
Carlos Carvalhal has told Lewis McGugan he is free to leave
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Midfielder Lewis McGugan has been told he is free to leave as Carlos Carvalhal bids to reshape his Owls side.

Eyebrows were raised when McGugan was left out of the squad for Wednesday’s victory over Portuguese champions Benfica last week.

And McGugan, who only made 17 appearances for the Owls during the 2015/16 campaign, was also omitted from Wednesday’s travelling party for their five-day warm-weather training camp in Portugal.

Speaking after their comprehensive 4-0 win over CD Nacional last night, Carvalhal told The Star: “Lewis is a very good player and can play in a lot of teams in the Championship but he has difficulties playing our game.

“Sometimes these kind of things happen in football. It’s not a question of attitude or the value of the player.

“He doesn’t have the requirements that we want for our team so it’s better for all of us that he must play and be happy. For players to be happy, they must play. It’s better that Lewis finds a club where he can be happy. I’m absolutely sure he will find another club because he’s a good player.”

Carlos Carvalhal talks to The Star's Dom Howson after Sheffield Wednesday's win over CD Nacional in Albufeira

Carlos Carvalhal talks to The Star's Dom Howson after Sheffield Wednesday's win over CD Nacional in Albufeira

Goals either side of half-time from Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper (2) and Steven Fletcher secured the Owls’ third consecutive win and clean sheet.

“There were a lot of positives,” conceded Carvalhal. “We scored goals and the dynamic was good but we can do better. We are in a good way but I’m not euphoric. I have my feet on the floor. There is still a lot of work to do at the beginning of the season.”

Jack Hunt (hamstring) and Sam Hutchinson (quad) were taken off in the first half as a precautionary measure but will play no part in today’s training exercise with Portimonense.

Lewis McGugan consoles Barry Bannan after Wednesday's Play-Off Final defeat to Hull City

Lewis McGugan consoles Barry Bannan after Wednesday's Play-Off Final defeat to Hull City