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Dielna adapting to the Championship

3 November 2014

  • Claude Dielna says transition to the Championship is tough
  • The defender is enjoying life at Hillsborough 
  • Dielna could feature on Tuesday against Bournemouth

Claude Dielna has told he is enjoying his football with the Owls despite the difficult transition from the French Ligue 1 to the Championship.

The powerful defender has said the intensity and pace of the Championship is much greater but the 26-year-old is relishing the challenge and feels he is adapting well.

He said: “I’m very happy here and the fans are just amazing.

“I think I am starting to find my level because I had a long period without games but now I feel good and I hope the next game I play, I can give my best.

“The championship is a hard league, it’s not the same in Ligue 1 in France, it’s very difficult, it’s quick but before I came here I knew this.”

With Joe Mattock ruled out of action for the immediate future with an ankle injury, Dielna may well be called upon in the coming weeks, starting tomorrow as Wednesday face Bournemouth.

Dielna stepped in at left back for the suspended Mattock last time out at Hillsborough as the Owls drew 0-0 with Norwich.

Ahead of Tuesday’s clash with the Cherries, he added: “For Joe, I wish him well because he has been playing well in the team.

“But this is part of football and if the coach needs me, I’m here. If I don’t play, then I work hard every day in training to get in the team.”

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