Gray could recall Loovens at Bournemouth

Glenn Loovens could return to the Owls defence for the Good Friday clash at play-off chasing Bournemouth.

Loovens limped off with a hamstring injury in the defeat at Leicester earlier this month but has been training this week and Stuart Gray could reintroduce him against the Cherries.

However, with a home game against Charlton on Easter Monday, Gray has indicated that to ask Loovens to play two matches inside three days will probably be a step too far.

The head coach also has to decide whether to recall loanee striker Leon Best, who was ruled out of Saturday’s draw with parent club Blackburn as part of the loan agreement. In his absence, Atdhe Nuhiu came into the side and scored twice to help rescue a point for the Owls.




Gray’s plans will also take into account the home game against Charlton on Monday.

“You do have to have one eye on the two games,” said Gray, confirming that if Glenn Loovens plays tomorrow then he will have to be “wary” about fielding him three days later so soon after a hamstring injury.

Gray has talked to Portsmouth caretaker boss Andy Awford about Rhys McCabe, who is on loan at Pompey for the rest of the season but has started only one game. It is likely that McCabe will play on Saturday and the Owls will not be recalling him early.


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