SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Homesick Amado ‘may be back one day’

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have not ruled out bringing Diogo Amado back to England in the future.

The midfielder linked up with Portuguese side Estoril Praia Futebol for an undisclosed fee on Tuesday having failed to settle in South Yorkshire.

Amado, who joined the Owls on a free transfer in July, penning a two-year contract, has returned to his native country without making a single appearance for Dave Jones’ side.

“Young Diogo has gone back to Portugal because he was homesick and he’d had one or two personal problems with illness in his family,” Jones confirmed. “If I’d paid money for him, it becomes a different situation, but I can’t see the point in keeping a young kid who can’t settle or buy into the culture.

“He’s not been away from home before. We tried everything to make that good for him, but I can’t see the point in having the boy here, because he looked depressed. I just thought ‘let him go.’ Maybe in the future we might go back in for him.”

Jones has stated “one or two” more players may follow Amado out of the exit door before the August transfer window closes tomorrow night.

“That’s just the evolution of the club,” he insisted. “I did say last season that if half the lads who did so well to get promoted stay, they’ll be lucky. That’s the club moving forward. That’s what happens. The ones who have stayed know they have got to work really hard.”

Anthony Gardner (hamstring), Joe Mattock (knee), Reda Johnson (ankle), Jermaine Johnson (toe) and Chris O’Grady (foot) are all expected to be passed fit for the clash at Crystal Palace this weekend as Wednesday chase a fourth win on the trot.