Sheffield Wednesday: Defensive dilemma for Owls chief

Owls defender Joe Mattock
Owls defender Joe Mattock
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray faces a defensive selection headache ahead of their trip to ninth-placed Charlton Athletic this weekend.

First-team regular Joe Mattock is available for selection again, having served a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards.

But Frenchman Claude Dielna, who stood in for Mattock against Norwich, delivered an assured performance in his first start, leaving Gray with a tricky left-back decision.

Jeremy Helan is another contender for the role, having filled in expertly for Dielna after the former Olympiakos player was forced off with a calf problem in the latter stages on Saturday.

Gray said: “Claude has not had the intensity of playing. Nothing beats playing football.”

Mattock said he was “disappointed” to miss his first match of the 2014/15 season but is determined to regain his place in the side. The 24-year-old said: “I think with the quality Norwich have, it was one of our biggest tests this season and would have been one of my biggest tests.

“But I thought the lads did really well but now obviously I want to get my place back in the team.”