Loan star heading back to Villa Park

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are today expected to confirm officially that Isaiah Osbourne’s loan with the club has been cut short and he has gone back to Aston Villa.

The surprise development comes after the midfield player was left out of the 18 for last Saturday’s 2-1 win against Colchester.

He was supposed to be at Hillsborough for the rest of season after being signed by Alan Irvine in January.

The 23-year-old has had a mixed time with the Owls: he has had some good games, and at times been praised by Gary Megson, but also suffered some fitness niggles, and was dropped after last week’s 3-1 home defeat against Brentford.

Megson has also said on a couple of previous occasions that the midfielder was capable of doing more.

The fact that Osbourne was not in last Saturday’s squad suggests that Megson may finally have decided not to include him in his plans for the rest of the season and therefore the Owls boss saw little point in keeping him, especially when the squad is large and there is plenty of competition for places.

James O’Connor - praised highly by the manager after the Colchester game - and captain Tommy Miller are set to keep the centre-midfield places against Tranmere tonight.

Osbourne made 11 appearances for the club. His Villa contract runs out this summer and at the time he moved to Hillsborough there was speculation that the Owls could try to sign him fully.

But that is now out of the question, and he is likely to be looking for another club.