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…
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.
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.
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.