SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls await Gary Madine verdict

In the action: Gary Madine shortly before coming off hurt at Oldham on Monday.'                                                             Picture: Steve ellis
In the action: Gary Madine shortly before coming off hurt at Oldham on Monday.' Picture: Steve ellis
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GARY Madine has had a scan on a knee problem only four days before the start of the Championship season.

The outcome of the tests has yet to emerge but Owls manager Dave Jones has played down the issue and said the scan was carried out as a precaution.

The club hope that Madine will be fit for Saturday’s opener at Derby. Last season’s Wednesday top scorer went off after only 28 minutes of the Capital One Cup tie at Oldham on Monday.

He was soon followed by front-line partner Chris Maguire, who had sore ribs but is not thought to be causing concern.

Madine was making his comeback after missing the last three friendlies because of severe bruising to a foot.

He revealed on Twitter that he was having the scan and was “gutted” to have picked up two injuries in pre-season.

He also said he had a lump on his knee and it gave way during the game.

Jones said: “When players pick up an injury they are sent for a scan as a routine precaution.” The Owls manager is still in the transfer market trying to add to his strike department after letting Clinton Morrison and Ryan Lowe go since the end of last season. He has brought in Maguire.

Another summer signing, Nejc Pecnik, can play up front and did so alongside Chris O’Grady after Madine and Maguire went off at Oldham.

Jones also decided against signing trialist Marlon Harewood - hence the 32-year-old’s subsequent switch to Barnsley, where he has signed a one-year contract.

Harewood said on Twitter: “Thanks to all the Sheffield Wednesday fans during my trial, wish the fans and the lads all the best for the season. Massive club.”

Wednesday play Barnsley at Oakwell on December 15 and at Hillsborough on March 30.

Reds manager Keith Hill wanted a striker after losing summer signing Mido because of a serious hamstring injury.

Chris O’Grady, scorer of two goals in the 4-2 win at Oldham, has been working to try to impress Jones and hopes to be involved io the Derby game.