Sheffield Wednesday: Owls suffer defensive blow

Jeremy Helan, left, and Liam Palmer take a breather following a gruelling workout in Portugal.
Jeremy Helan, left, and Liam Palmer take a breather following a gruelling workout in Portugal.
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Defender Claude Dielna will miss the start of the 2015/16 Championship season, it has been confirmed.

The French player, who played 25 times last season, was left out of Owls’ five-day warm-weather training camp in Portugal after picking up a toe problem.

Dielna sustained the knock in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at York City and faces a spell on the sidelines.

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal admitted: “Claude didn’t travel to Portugal because he has an injury. I think he will be out for a minimum of three to four weeks.”

Dielna’s absence leaves Wednesday short of cover in the left-back position, with Jeremy Helan now in pole position to start against Bristol City on the opening-day in a fortnight’s time.

Keiren Westwood, Jack Hunt and Sam Hutchinson, meanwhile, will play no part in tonight’s training ground clash versus Farense. The trio are all nursing minor injuries but Carvalhal expects them to be available for selection when the Owls go to Scunthorpe United on Wednesday for their fifth pre-season fixture.

Atdhe Nuhiu, Sergius Bus and Kieran are likely to get run-outs.

Wednesday lost 2-1 against Braga, one of Carvalhal’s former clubs, last night despite a second half strike by Caolan Lavery.

The striker said: “It’s always nice to get the goal. It was a great ball from Stevie [May] and I was glad to put it in the back of the net.

“Every goal gives you confidence and hopefully I will get a few more in the coming games and take it into the season.

Braga beat Owls 2-1 on Friday

Braga beat Owls 2-1 on Friday

“I got a good 80 minutes under my belt, it was difficult in very hot conditions and not just in the game, you feel it during the warm-ups so it’s tough all round.

“But that’s all part of pre-season and building up your fitness.”

Carvalhal claimed the Braga tussle was their best performance in pre-season to date.

“The score is not the problem in these games,” he stressed. “Braga was our best game of the four so far.

“We showed more quality. We made some mistakes but that is to be expected but we did a lot of good things in the match.

“It was very near what I want in the second half. We pressed the opponents and caused Braga a lot of problems.”

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