There was the rare sighting of Lewis McGugan in a Sheffield Wednesday shirt yesterday as the midfielder turned out for the development side at Hillsborough.
The young Owls drew 1-1 with Cardiff City; Jacob Berkeley Agyepong equalising superbly for Wednesday after Jamie Veale had put Cardiff in front from the spot.
McGugan hasn’t played for the senior team since the last day of the regular season last year, away to Wolves and has been frozen out by head coach Carlos Carvalhal, who does not see the 28 year old as part of his plans.
So much so that the former Watford player wasn’t even given a squad number at the beginning of the season.
McGugan hardly shone - he produced a couple of the skills and tricks that once made him a favourite but overall he drifted and performed like someone who hadn’t played for the majority of the season.
Because of that lack of games, under 23s boss Neil Thompson said it was McGugan who made the approach and asked if he could take part in the match.
“He took a few bumps and bruises out there but he was fine,” said Thompson. “He’s not played for a while and he got 60 minutes.
“He just wanted some football, you are allowed to play three overage players so we welcomed him and that’s it really.
“He just wanted a game.”
Even with some players coming back from injuries, Carvalhal elected not use them in a match in which neither side could get really get to grips with.
Veale fired the penalty past Joe Wildsmith after just seven minutes and Connor Young struck the bar for the visitors just after the half hour.
Just a few minutes later, Wednesday levelled in some style when Agyepong went on a strong run, skipped past a few defenders and buried a left-foot shot past Oliver Byrne in the Cardiff goal.
“We scored a cracking goal, he took it really well,” said Thompson.
“We had been trying to get him to drive forward and he did that, that time.”
“The match overall lacked a bit of intensity, it lacked tempo, it was a bit laboured and sometimes you get that at this stage of the season,” he added.