Owls sign Villa's Gardner

Gardner joins Owls on emergency loan Credit: PA

Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has joined Sheffield Wednesday on an emergency loan deal.

The 21-year-old midfield player will link up with former Villa player and assistant manager Stuart Gray, who took over as Wednesday boss earlier this season.

The Owls are set to face Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.

The England under-21 international has struggled with injuries this season but it's thought the short term deal could bring about the return to first team action Villa manager Paul Lambert has been waiting for.