Owls need to be aware of former favourite Kuqi

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A FAMILAR face from the past will be looking to put the brakes on Sheffield Wednesday’s form at Oldham Athletic.

Veteran striker Shefki Kuqi spent nearly two seasons with the Owls and became a crowd favourite at Hillsborough despite the club suffering relegation to League One. The former Finnish international has subsequently gone on to play for nine others teams including Newcastle United last season.

The Owls have won five of the last six games in all competitions and recently moved above Huddersfield Town to take second spot in the table.

Kuqi, 35, will be the major threat this afternoon and took his personal goal tally for the season to 13 in midweek against Bradford City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

“Oldham have some hard-working players and Shefki Kuqi needs no introduction to our people,” said Owls manager Gary Megson.

“It will be a tough challenge because Oldham have been getting some good results on their home patch.

“It’s one thing going there at the start of the season but it is a different place in the middle of December. This is not the Costa Del Sol but up there it will certainly be windy and cold.”

The Owls will have over 4,000 supporters at Boundary Park and will be looking for a repeat of last season’s 3-2 victory. But the Latics have lost only once in their last 10 games.

The Owls’ third round FA Cup tie at home to West Ham United, meanwhile, has been arranged for Sunday, January 8, kick-off 3pm.