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Maguire suspension leaves door open

10 October 2014

  • Chris Maguire to miss Watford clash
  • The Scot has been an ever-present this season
  • Stuart Gray wants strong competition to fill the void

Owls forward Chris Maguire is set to miss his first game of the season next time out through suspension.

The ever-present Scot will serve his one-match ban when the Owls face Watford a week on Saturday, leaving the door open for a team mate to claim the shirt.

Jeremy Helan and loanees Royston Drenthe and Hallam Hope are the likely trio who will be competing to fill the void.

Head coach Stuart Gray said: “They all know Chris is missing the next game but it is up to them to perform in training and force my hand.”

Helan has made nine appearances this season – eight of which have been from the bench.

The ex-Manchester City man scored his first goal of the campaign last month at Birmingham.

Drenthe has made four appearances since arriving on loan from Reading while Everton loanee Hope has made just three.

Gray wants to see strong competition during the next week and added:

“Any player that you bring into a club wants to play and the door is open with Chris Maguire missing the next match. It’s been frustrating for Royston and Hallam. They have had to bide their time.

“But credit to the lads who have been in front of them. They have grabbed the shirts and kept a hold of them."

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