Owls wait on Wenger’s Watt verdict

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NEW recruit Sanchez Watt could be forced to wait until the trip to Oldham Athletic on December 10 to make his Sheffield Wednesday debut.

The 20-year-old, who can operate as a winger or a striker, was left out of the Hillsborough encounter with Leyton Orient because the league rules permit only five loan players in a match 16.

Boss Gary Megson opted to start Stephen Bywater, Danny Batth, Miguel Llera, James Tavernier and Ben Marshall, meaning Watt missed out.

Watt, on loan from Arsenal until January 16, was brought in by Megson to beef up his striking options following Gary Madine’s injury.

“I’m trying to speak to Arsene Wenger (Arsenal manager) to see if he will let Sanchez play in the FA Cup next weekend,” said Megson. “I have my doubts but we will see what happens.”

Megson may have to make as many as four changes to the side who beat Orient and maintained their unbeaten home record.

Neither Bywater or Marshall are likely to start unless they are given permission by their parent club’s to play in the FA Cup while Miguel Llera is cup-tied having featured in the competition for Brentford. Danny Batth is suspended so Megson is set to recall skipper Rob Jones at the back and pair him with Reda Johnson in the middle.

Julian Bennett could start in the left-back position, Richard O’Donnell in between the sticks while Jermaine Johnson and Liam Palmer are vying for the vacant wide role.