Sheffield Wednesday: Competition for places up front pleases Carlos Carvalhal

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It is fair to say Wednesday possess a plethora of striking options in the club’s attempts to end their 16-year top-flight exile.

You could argue they are spoilt for choice in most departments, but the Owls are particularly strong up front.

When everyone is fit and available for selection, head coach Carlos Carvalhal boasts five senior forwards in Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Atdhe Nuhiu and Lucas Joao.

Fletcher and Joao were absent from Sunday’s hard-earned win at Huddersfield Town but Forestieri and Hooper flourished in the final third, producing their best performances of the season.

Carvalhal told The Star: “We don’t complain too much about our lives but we were without two strikers in Fletcher and Lucas in the last game. It is not easy to go to a game without two important strikers like Fletcher and Lucas.

“But even with some problems, our team still works very well so it means that we don’t depend on one player but on the collective.

“The good teams act like this. They don’t just wait on one player to solve things. They can solve the problems themselves.”


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It is understood Fletcher missed out against Huddersfield because his wife gave birth to a baby girl. With mother and child doing well, the Scotland international is expected to return at Cardiff City tonight.

“Fletcher trained yesterday (Monday),” said Carvalhal. “Things are better.”

Joao has not played since August 27 due to a groin problem.

Carvalhal said: “He’s training with a few limitations. We expect him to be back soon in the team.”

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