Sheffield Wednesday: No change, no crisis, no pressure - it’s business as usual for Carlos Carvalhal

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Carlos Carvalhal has brushed aside concerns over Sheffield Wednesday’s poor run of results ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Nottingham Forest.

The Owls, occupying the final Championship play-off spot, will head to the City Ground searching for their first victory in six matches.

With 10 matches remaining, the pressure is on Wednesday to turnaround their dip in form.

But Carvalhal, who is set to welcome back leading scorer Fernando Forestieri following a two-match ban, said: “We don’t have any crisis at Sheffield Wednesday. We know exactly why we lose points.

“We are working as normal. I don’t feel any change between now and three months ago. We are all the time focused on the next game. Everybody is showing in training that they want to play.

“We don’t have any player who is out of the team thinking ‘I don’t play and I don’t have any chance’. All of them believe they can play on a Saturday. The big pressure that our players have is to themselves over whether they play or not. They know they have to play to their maximum to play.”

Meanwhile, Barry Bannan has been selected in Scotland’s squad for their friendly with the Czech Republic on Thursday, March 24. It is the midfielder’s first international call-up in 10 months and he could line up against his Owls teammate Daniel Pudil.

“I’m delighted to be called up again,” said Bannan. “It will be good to come up against Daniel and hopefully I will have the last laugh!”