Sheffield Wednesday: Gray hopes to bolster forward line

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Time is rapidly running out for Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray to strengthen his striking department.

Clubs from outside the Premier League are permitted to sign players on temporary loans up until next Thursday, 5pm.

Wednesday’s squad depth has come under the microscope following a spate of injuries. Gray blamed the poor state of the Hillsborough pitch for the ankle problems Liam Palmer and Will Keane suffered against Fulham. Palmer is unlikely to play again this term.

With Keane and Sergiu Bus out of action, Gray opted to recall striker Caolan Lavery from his productive loan spell at Chesterfield last Sunday. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s showdown at Rotherham United, Gray confirmed he is still looking to increase competition for places up front.

“We are still looking to add to that area,” he said. “We want to bring in players who are better than what we have got. If not, that defeats the object of bringing a player in on loan.”

Head coach Gray added: “We tend to all be looking at the same players.”

Despite their lack of numbers, Gray allowed midfielder Paul Corry to move to League Two Carlisle United on loan last week. The 24-year-old, who turned down a loan move earlier this year, has played just once for Wednesday during the 2014/15 season.

Corry made his full Cumbrians debut in their 2-0 victory at Northampton Town in midweek. The ex-Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is poised to remain at Brunton Park until April 11.

“Paul just needs some game time,” said Gray. “He’s not featured much for the first-team.”