Sheffield Wednesday: Carlos Carvalhal explains Keiren Westwood substitution as goalkeeper Cameron Dawson makes debut

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Carlos Carvalhal revealed that Keiren Westwood had been suffering from illness in the build-up to the 2-1 defeat to Brighton before picking up an injury which forced the goalkeeper to be substituted.

Westwood didn’t appear comfortable as Wednesday went a goal down to the Seagulls through Sam Baldock’s lob and almost immediately went down to receive treatment. The Republic of Ireland international attempted to play on but only made it to half time where he was replaced by Cameron Dawson, with the youngster making his Owls first team debut.

Cameron Dawson came on for Keiren Westwood at half time....Pic Steve Ellis

Cameron Dawson came on for Keiren Westwood at half time....Pic Steve Ellis

“(Westwood) was sick, with a problem to play but he tried to play and played but after he felt something on his leg and didn’t come out for the second half.

Carvalhal added: “He can’t kick the ball, as I understand.”

It is not clear at this stage whether or not Westwood will be fit enough to link up with the Republic of Ireland for their World Cup qualification double header at home to Georgia and away to Moldova next week.

On Dawson’s first appearance, Carvalhal added: “Cameron is a goalkeeper that we trust, we don’t have any problem with the goalkeepers.”

The Owls head coach also revealed that Almen Abdi had been suffering from ‘flu, hence his absense from the matchday squad. It is believed that the Swiss international reported to Hillsborough but was sent home.

Sam Hutchinson had felt a pain in his back and was rested for fear of aggravating the injury and replaced by Glenn Loovens