Five players who could leave Sheffield Wednesday on loan this window

With Sheffield Wednesday possessing one of the Championship's biggest squads, players like Claude Dielna and Caolan Lavery could leave on loan.

With most of Sheffield Wednesday's squad picking itself on recent form and no more cup games in which to give the reserves a run-out, a handful of Owls players are staring at the prospect of not playing again between now and the end of the campaign.

11 senior players missed the cut for Saturday's 4-0 win over Brentford, with only four of those nursing injuries, and it would come as little surprise to see some movement towards the Hillsborough exit door before next month's loan deadline, whether it is to put players in the shop window or simply to have them freshened up for a busy run-in.

Here are five of the main candidates:

Claude Dielna

Reports on Twitter had the former Olympiacos defender bound for Crewe at the end of the transfer window until the player dispelled those rumours himself via the same platform. Even when short on defensive bodies this season, head coach Carlos Carvalhal has opted to relocate one of his key midfielders (Sam Hutchinson) over bringing in Dielna, who does not get a game for the under-21s.

Caolan Lavery

With Gary Hooper on form (he has scored 10 goals in his last 11 Owls matches), Atdhe Nuhiu playing well and Lucas Joao rediscovering his goal-scoring touch, there is little chance of Lavery getting a look in as things stand.

The Northern Ireland international will no doubt have an eye on this summer's Euros and is unlikely to resist a temporary move should the opportunity arise. He has impressed already this season at Portsmouth.

Marco Matias

The signing of Aiden McGeady looks to have knocked Matias down the pecking order at Hillsborough, which is inconvenient given that the Portuguese is in desperate need of games after three months out. He was on target for Wednesday's under-21s last week but that is no place for a £1.4m winger and 28 days elsewhere could do him the world of good.

Lewis McGugan

Now this is completely dependent on Wednesday signing another midfielder in the meantime (Adlene Guedioura and Darron Gibson are a couple of names in the frame, according to the Sheffield Star).

The fans favourite recently returned to the fold following his double against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, although question marks remain over his ability to fit into Carvalhal's system - hence talk of a new body coming in. A player of McGugan's quality should be playing week in, week out for someone.

Jose Semedo

While his off-field influence remains evident, as anyone who witnessed his celebration with Joao against Brentford will testify, on the field, Wednesday appear to have progressed beyond Semedo's capabilities.

Tears will be shed the day the former Owls Player of the Year is ushered out of Hillsborough (kicking and screaming, most likely) but an early exit may help him to catch the eye of a potential new employer. He is out of contract this summer and has not started in the league since December.

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