Sheffield Wednesday: Llera faces old pal Calderon

Spanish buddies: Miguel Llera played alongside Brighton defender Inigo Calderon at Alicante and they face each other tomorrow
Spanish buddies: Miguel Llera played alongside Brighton defender Inigo Calderon at Alicante and they face each other tomorrow
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MIGUEL Llera faces an old friend who could have a new role when Brighton visit Hillsborough.

The Wednesday centre half is the best of pals with Seagulls defender Inigo Calderon.

They were team-mates at Spanish club Alicante, for whom Llera played 102 games and scored four goals between 2001 and 2005.

Calderon is primarily a right back but is an option at centre half against the Owls - with Brighton having been reduced to one recognised centre back and been involved in a beat-the-deadline chase to add a new one to the squad.

Captain Gordon Greer was injured in last week’s 3-2 home FA Cup defeat by Arsenal, and Lewis Dunk has been away from work, as a defendant at a court case.

Calderon is capable of playing at centre half alongside Adam El-Abd.

The Spaniard’s career at Alicante overlapped Llera’s - Calderon was there from 2004 to 2007 and he played 84 games and scored five goals.

When the action starts tomorrow, Llera will be more concerned with another man from Spain - Albion’s new £2m centre forward Leo Ulloa, an Argentinian who joined them from Almeria.

Ulloa won good reports for his debut against Arsenal, and he made it 2-2 with a diving header. “The bad thing was the result, but I was pleased with my performance,” he says. “I want to return all the kindness I have been shown with more goals. But most important is the team winning more games in the Championship.”