Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday head coach, envies the strong, healthy squad Steve McClaren, his counterpart at Derby County, has at his disposal.
The Owls’ injury problems keep piling up, with Kieran Lee becoming the latest player to pick up a knock. The midfielder damaged his hamstring in Tuesday’s loss to Derby, an injury which is likely to rule him out of the Yorkshire derby tussle at Huddersfield Town this weekend. Lee’s setback comes a week after Jose Semedo suffered a double leg injury.
Gray said: “Derby have been fortunate. They haven’t got many injuries. They keep playing a settled side week in, week out and it shows. They have that little bit of belief.
“They know each other’s games and I’m having to feed boys into the game who have only been with us two days.”
The Owls chief said Lee did not tear his hamstring in midweek. He plans on sending the 25-year-old for a scan to find out the full extent of the problem.
Regarding the injury situation, Gray said: “I just think it’s a bit of a freak season for us. At one point, we had five centre-halves in the treatment room so it is very, very frustrating.”
Wednesday’s trip to Leicester City, meanwhile, has been brought forward 24 hours after being selected for Sky television coverage. The fixture, originally scheduled for Saturday April 5, will now take place on Friday April 4, kick-off 7.45pm.