Sunday 23 October 2016

Westwood injury boost as McGeady up for battle

Aiden McGeady
Aiden McGeady

Aiden McGeady says he's not afraid of competition for places in the Sheffield Wednesday squad as he tries to force his way back onto the scene at international level.

And there has already been one piece of good news for Martin O'Neill from the Hillsborough club as Keiren Westwood's injury, picked up while on duty with the Owls last week, is not as serious as was initially feared and he should be fit for action this weekend.

The Ireland keeper was taken to hospital as a precaution after he suffered a neck injury against Birmingham City but boss Carlos Carvalhal says there's no issue with Westwoood ahead of tomorrow's meeting with Brentford. "Keiren has trained this week and will be okay for Saturday," he said.

McGeady made his first start for Wednesday last weekend, following his loan move from Everton, but was replaced on the hour mark, when his side were losing 1-0, so he played no part in the two-goal turnaround which won the game for the Owls. Former Celtic team-mate Ross Wallace is competing for a place with him but McGeady is up for the challenge.

"Competition doesn't bother me at all. It is part and parcel of football," he says. "Ross plays on the right but I think the manager fancies me more for the left but he knows I can play on either side. Competition is healthy and you will always get that at big clubs. The team are playing well and we are showing what we are capable of."

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