Steve Agnew offers lifeline to Sheffield Wednesday exile Almen Abdi

General View of Hillsborough prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End at Hillsborough Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder made a rare appearance for the Owls' Under-23s on Monday.

Almen Abdi of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland at Hillsborough on August 16, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

The recently exiled Almen Abdi still has a future at Sheffield Wednesday, according to the Owls' assistant manager, Steve Agnew.

Abdi last played for Wednesday's first-team at Bristol City in March last year, when Jos Luhukay was in charge at Hillsborough, but made a rare appearance for the Yorkshire club's under-23s on Monday afternoon.

 

Asked ahead of a 3-2 defeat for Neil Thompson's side at home to Bolton Wanderers whether Abdi was part of the new regime's plans, Agnew told the official Sheffield Wednesday Facebook page: "Yeah, I think [that’s the case for] any player contracted to the football club.

"When Steve Bruce came in and spoke to the players he said, ‘look, it’s a clean slate, show us what you’ve got, however you can do that’.

Sheffield Wednesday's coach Steve Agnew during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at KCOM Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Hull, England.

"[For] the players that have been out the first team for a number of months or weeks, if there’s an opportunity in an under-23 game to show us what they are capable of then all the better for us to have the availability of more players."

Abdi is reported to have cost Wednesday around £3 million from Watford two-and-a-half-years ago.

But the Switzerland international has only played 23 times for the Owls since then, scoring once and failing to provide a single assist.

Almen Abdi of Watford celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Aston Villa at Vicarage Road on April 30, 2016 in Watford,...

He turned 32 last October, and has less than six months left on his contract - which is believed to be one of the most lucrative at Hillsborough.

Will Abdi play for Sheffield Wednesday again?

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