Date: 16th August 2006 at 5:31pm
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Wednesday boss Paul Sturrock has been rocked with the news that the Owls’ only fit striker Steve Maclean will be sidelined for at least three weeks with an injured knee.

The former Rangers man limped off late on during the Owls’ 1-1 draw with Burnley at the weekend. And the striker could be out for upto 10 weeks if he requires an operation.

Sturrock told the official SWFC site: ‘The X-ray has shown a lot of inflammation in the knee, around the area he had his last injury. If we rest it for 3-4 weeks, then find it needs an operation, it would take him to 7-10 weeks. The consensus of opinion is we do an exploratory operation on him now, which again is four weeks minimum.’

Wednesday will now travel to high-flying Plymouth Arglye with no fit strikers available for selection. Wade Small or Chris Brunt are the likely alternatives in attack for Sturrock.

In response to the news, Owls Chairman Dave Allen has revealed he will personally fund the services of a striker to come in on loan and solve the Owls’ injury problems after a meeting between himself, Sturrock and Kaven Walker today.

But the offer could be worthless if the Owls boss can’t find the right man. ‘At the moment I cannot find a player of the required quality who is available to come in on loan. I will not bring in a player who isn’t good enough for Sheffield Wednesday just for the sake of it.’ Sturrock told the official SWFC website.