Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ace targets City scalp

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Owls star Jeremy Helan reckons the Championhip club are capable of causing a Capital One Cup upset against holders Manchester City tonight.

Stuart Gray’s troops travel to the Etihad Stadium knowing the Premier League champions will not field a full-strength side for the third round tie.

City are missing several top performers through injury, including Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Samir Nasri, while senior players such as Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure are likely to be rested.

French midfielder Helan, who began his career at City, is confident Sheffield Wednesday will give a good account of themselves.

When asked if the Owls could inflict a cup shock, he replied: “Why not? They [City] are human beings. True, they have good players, are one of the best teams in the world, but on the day it’s a cup game and you don’t know what can happen.

“We will give it a go. Look what MK Dons did to Manchester United last month. They beat them 4-0.

“I am not saying we will this game. Maybe we won’t win, but we are not going there as losers. We should not have that mentality. We should go there, try our best, you never know what can happen. It’s not like we have bad form, we have very good form and that should give us the confidence to say ‘yes, we can do it’.

The 22-year-old is in contention to make his second start of the season. Five of his six appearances have so far come from the substitutes bench.

“The team is doing well,” said Helan, who missed the start of the campaign because of a groin injury. “In football, it is very rare to have a team which is winning and you change it.

“For me I take it as motivation every day. Look at the players who are playing and take lessons from that and see what he is doing, that I am not.

“You have to use it as motivation and work hard in training. If he gets injured, or he’s not at his best, you come in and have to do the job, what he wasn’t capable of doing. It’s a squad and all players must play a part.”

If required, Helan is prepared to bide his time and wait for opportunity to stake a claim for a regular first-team spot.

He stressed: “My mentality is you don’t knock on the manager’s door; the team is doing well and you don’t put confusion into the squad.”