Sheffield Wednesday: Duo return as Owls boss ponders his options

Carlos Carvalhal with Atdhe Nuhiu at the final whistle at Brighton
Carlos Carvalhal with Atdhe Nuhiu at the final whistle at Brighton
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The Championship promotion race is hotting up - and Sheffield Wednesday chief Carlos Carvalhal has the luxury of virtually a full-strength squad at his disposal for the run-in.

Forward Fernando Forestieri is available for selection again, having completed his two-match suspension, while back-up goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith has recovered from a back problem.

Only Filipe Melo (knee) remains on the sidelines.

Wildsmith, who suffered the injury against Bolton Wanderers in January, made his long-awaited return in Monday’s development match with Leeds United at Hillsborough.

As long as Wildsmith avoids any further issues, the academy graduate is expected to be included in the next England Under-21 squad.

Carvalhal told The Star: “It is good for Joe and the club that he is back. He got some game time in the Under-21s match.

“It is good that we have all the players back and that they are ready to play. We like to have headaches with selection options.”

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Wednesday have badly missed Forestieri’s flair in their last two outings. In fact, the 12-goal forward has sat-out three of the side’s last four fixtures due to bans.

“We missed Fernando for three games and 30 minutes or so at Preston after his red card,” he said. “When you lose your best goal-scorer, it creates damage in your team so we are happy Fernando will be back.”

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