SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Wednesday rocked by a double goalkeeping blow

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday suffered a goalkeeping scare before their friendly match against Sporting Lisbon, last night.

Stephen Bywater and Nicky Weaver both suffered “minor strains” in training camp and were rested for the game in Albuifera, Portugal.

Boss Dave Jones had to bring in a 19 year old, Carlos Henriques in goal, borrowed from Portimonense, a club in Portimão.

Wednesday competed well against a quality opposition, but went down 2-0.

Meanwhile Wednesday have begun interviewing applicants for the vacant academy manager position and has vowed to bring in the “right person”. The Owls manager is aiming to add to his backroom staff following Sean McAuley’s departure.

Jones told The Star: “We have had a couple of interviews and that process will continue. We need to make sure we get the right person in. It is an important role and we have to make sure we get it right because it is big part of what we are trying to do.”

McAuley left Hillsborough to join American MLS outfit Portland Timbers. The 40-year-old, who twice managed Wednesday’s first-team side on a caretaker basis, has become Timbers assistant head coach.

Jones said: “We were sorry to lose Sean but he wanted to go and do another challenge.It [academy manager] is a vital cog within a football club and it needs to be done properly. There are a lot of good people out there so we want to make the right decision.”

Jones, linked with Wednesday old boy Richard Wood last week, has captured seven new players over the summer. The club remain locked in negotiations with Reading over winger Michail Antonio.

“We are waiting on quite a few deals at the moment,” Jones confirmed. “We talking to quite a few people so it is just a case of waiting and being patient.”

The Owls have already had one offer, believed to be in the region of £350,000, turned down for Antonio. The player was an influential figure in Jones’ men claiming promotion last term. Reading manager Brian McDermott is willing to let Antonio go, as long as his valuation is met.