McGugan has dropped out of favour at Hillsborough recently, but he was handed a start in Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to Shrewsbury Town yesterady.
And, despite the disappointing result McGugan impressed, as he scored both goals in the fixture.
“Lewis played the way we expect him to play and I hope and expect that he can help us more in the second half of the season,” Carvalhal said.
McGugan is a fans’ favourite at Wednesday, and it is rather surprising that he has not featured more prominently in recent times.
The former Watford man was one of the Owls’ stars last season as he shone during a loan move to the Yorkshire club.
However, since Carvalhal has arrived McGugan has dropped down the pecking order and he has only played on 12 occasions.
The 27-year-old has still managed to impress in almost every appearance he has made, however, and he has now racked up five goals for the season.
If he is to break into Wednesday’s first-team over the second half of the season, he is likely to have to displace Sam Hutchinson or Barry Bannan from Carvalhal’s preferred starting line-up.