Sheffield Wednesday: Gray admits concern over Owls squad

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Stuart Gray fears his Sheffield Wednesday squad will struggle to cope with the number of matches they may have to play in the opening month of the new campaign.

The Owls kick off the 2014/15 Championship season in a fortnight’s time with a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Should Gray’s men progress in the Capital One Cup, Wednesday face the prospect of playing seven times in August.

The Owls have so far recruited just two senior players over the summer in shot-stopper Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson.

Gray told The Star: “The schedule is a big ask of any squad. Right now, we’ve not got the biggest of squads and we need to add to it.

“I would have liked, ideally, to have taken a bigger squad to Slovenia.”

Trialist Dejan Kelhar may be offered a permanent contract if he impresses in Wednesday’s friendly at Doncaster Rovers tomorrow. The Slovenian centre-back, who started against FC Arsenal Tula, trained with Gray’s troops throughout their five-day training camp in Maribor last week.

“It is a good opportunity for him to show what he can,” said Gray, who is still waiting to complete the signing of Istres midfielder Florian Tardieu. “It will be a totally different test for him.”

After losing to Tula, Gray is seeking a positive performance when they lock horns with Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Oldham have withdrawn their contract offer for former Wednesday defender Miguel Llera.

RC Lens – the French club owned by Owls owner-in-waiting Hafiz Mammadov – has been recommended for promotion to Ligue Un after an appeal to the French Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF).

Lens’ promotion was initially blocked due to discrepancies within the club’s proposed budget.

But the CNOSF are said to be satisfied by Mammadov’s commitment to the club. The French Football Federation will make the final decision on Lens’ promotion.