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Massimo Cellino. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Massimo Cellino. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Sheffield Wednesday's Leon Best. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Sheffield Wednesday's Leon Best. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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Massimo Cellino. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Stuart Gray fears that he could lose in-form Ireland striker Leon Best if he is recalled from his loan spell by Blackburn Rovers.

Best, 27, made it four goals in 10 games for the Owls when he scored the winner against Brighton in midweek and Gray is delighted with the striker's impact.

"I'm pleased for Leon, he was distraught after missing a good chance on Saturday against Doncaster Rovers," said the Owls boss.

"He's another loan player that we're having to get fit by playing in matches and he made up for his disappointment on Saturday by getting a goal against Brighton. Now, my only fear is that he gets recalled by Blackburn."

PRESTON boss Simon Grayson hailed Irish teenager Alan Browne after an impressive debut from the former Cork City man. Midfielder Browne joined Preston last year without making a single first-team appearance for Cork City, but he has already stepped up to that level with the League One side, making his bow in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Peterborough.

"I was pleased with Alan Browne came on and did really well for someone of a young age," said Grayson.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth have sent Irish striker Josh O'Hanlon out on loan to non-league side Oxford City to gain first-team experience.


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