Sheffield Wednesday man hopes to return for relegation scrap as he fights for future

His Sheffield Wednesday future is in doubt, but for now Joost van Aken will be desperate to get back in order to help his current employers in their battle against relegation…

Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 4:38 pm

Van Aken, 26, has spent the season on loan with VfL Osnabruck in Bundesliga 2, and with two games to go they find themselves just three points clear of the relegation play-offs.

Read More

Read More
The man who has Sheffield Wednesday's future in his hands

The centre back had sustained a concussion that kept him out of the last few games in the German second tier, and he was absent again on Tuesday as they went down by Hamburger SV in a 2-0 defeat.

Sign up to our Sheffield Wednesday newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Now, with just two games left to play, Van Aken is keen to get back into the side, and head coach Daniel Thioune will also be itching to have him back available for selection once again.

Osnabruck have lost nine of the 22 league games that Van Aken has featured in this season as they looked set for a comfortable mid-table finish, however his absence has been in line with a run of four games without a win, with the club having now won just one of the eight games that he’s missed.

Van Aken’s side could take a big step towards securing their status in the second division with a win over Holstein Kiel on Sunday, but it could go down to the last day against rock-bottom Dynamo Dresden.

Van Aken has just 12 months left on his Hillsborough contract and is keen to impress with his future in doubt.

VfL Osnabruck look like they need Sheffield Wednesday's Joost van Aken back available... (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images )

More Wednesday news...

An important message:

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news, please consider a subscription to The Star by going to

The coronavirus lockdown is having a major impact on many of our local advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive. That means we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers and subscribe to our website during this crisis.

Stay safe and take care.

Thank you, Joe.