The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Connor Kirby captained loan club Macclesfield Town for the first time on Sunday.

It was speculated last week that Macclesfield’s players could boycott the game – an FA Cup first-round tie against seventh-tier Kingstonian – over unpaid wages.

And lo and behold, the League Two side put out a much-changed eleven – comprising only loan and youth-team players – which was subsequently beaten 4-0 at home.

Kirby in action for Wednesday’s Under-18s. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Kirby’s involvement – for the 18th time since Wednesday sanctioned his season-long move in August – suggests that the Owls are still paying his wages.

But Garry Monk’s side may wish to consider what impact being part of an environment such as the one currently in existence at Macclesfield might have on their player.

The earliest point at which Sheffield Wednesday can recall Kirby officially – assuming there is a clause allowing them to do so – is the January transfer window.

Kirby – who has appeared four times for the Wednesday first team – was brought to Macclesfield by Sol Campbell, shortly before the former England defender quit the Silkmen for Southend United.

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