Relegation fears intensify for on-loan Sheffield Wednesday man Joost van Aken

The sinking feeling of out-on-loan centre-half Joost van Aken has shown no sign of easing after his Osnabrück side tasted yet another defeat.

Saturday, 13th June 2020, 4:29 pm
Updated Sunday, 14th June 2020, 12:27 pm

The German second tier side will have hoped to have turned a corner after last weekend’s promising 0-0 draw with second-place Stuttgart sent them above fellow strugglers St Pauli, managed by former Owls boss Jos Luhukay and including Wednesday youngster Matt Penney.

But a 2-0 defeat at home to in-form Bochum has set them further back with a host of teams around them, including St Pauli, still to play.

What’s worse for both sides is that Wiesbaden beat midtable Holsten Kiel having lost their previous four, taking them within four points of the troubled two.

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On-loan Sheffield Wednesday defender Joost van Aken is out of Osnabrück contention with concussion.

Wednesday’s van Aken missed out on selection for the fourth consecutive fixture due to a concussion he suffered in Osnabrück’s second match back from the suspension of football.

Winless-in-four St Pauli take on ninth-placed FC Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday.

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