Owls rocked by MacLean blow

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Steven MacLean has been ruled out of action for a period of four to six months, after suffering a horrific injury during a pre-season friendly.

MacLean fractured his tibia and damaged his knee ligaments during Sheffield Wednesday's warm-up match against Manchester City.

The news is a huge blow for The Owls, who relied heavily on the striker's 18 league goals last season.

Paul Sturrock is clearly ruing the loss of his main hit-man, who undergoes surgery on Thursday.

"It's a sad day for the boy MacLean, being out for four months. It's a huge blow for him personally and for the football club, and the fans will be gutted," Sturrock told Sky Sports News.

"The lad has had a heartbreaking time with injuries throughout his career and this one again lays him low.

"But we have got a lot of injuries, there's no point complaining about it - everyone else will hopefully be having the same problems over the course of the season and it normally levels itself out."

And Sturrock confirmed that Wednesday are still looking to bring in more new faces in the coming weeks, to combat their growing injury list.

"We have holes in the team through injuries and people moving on, so that's something to work on and chip away at.

"I like to think we've still got a couple of signings in us."