Sheffield Wednesday: Ex-England star trains at Owls

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CARDIFF midfield man Stephen McPhail is a likely target for the Owls - but one man who has already re-established a link with Dave Jones is Robbie Fowler.

The former Bluebirds striker has been keeping his fitness ticking over by doing some training at Middlewood.

Fowler will be 38 in April and there is no suggestion that the Owls will be signing him as a player.

But Jones said: “It’s good to have experienced players around the place because their influence can rub off.

“Robbie has managed and played and I’ve known him a long time - I took him and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to Cardiff.

“He hasn’t done anything with the players yet but he’ll be joining in one or two sessions with the strikers.”

The arrangement is similar to the one that saw another Jones old boy, Jason Koumas, train at Middlewood for a spell last year.

Fowler’s last club was Muangthong United of Thailand, where he played and had a spell as manager. He also trained with Blackpool, almost a year ago.

The former England star spent a year at Cardiff from 2007 after being a prolific scorer at Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester City.

Jones is thought not to be on the brink of an imminent breakthrough in his attempt to bring in two new strikers.

It looks as if he will be unable to land another Cardiff player, Rob Earnshaw, who wants to stay part of his club’s promotion challenge.

But the striker department is not the only area under Jones’s scrutiny as he bids to strengthen the side for the Championship survival battle.

He does not comment on specific targets but MacPhail was a midfield success under him at Cardiff and may well be on his list; he is also likely to be wanted by other clubs.

Jones signed McPhail, aged 33, from Barnsley in the summer of 2006 and he has made more than 200 appearances for the Welsh outfit, but has been out of the league side this season and is thought to be available on loan.

The Wednesday boss sees Chris Lines’s loan stay at MK Dons as a way of building up his fitness after he missed the first three months of the season with a groin injury:

“Chris was out for a long time, and this is an opportunity for him to get games and regain his match fitness.”