Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has been given a boost ahead of Sunday’s trip to Championship leaders Huddersfield Town with news that Daniel Pudil will be available for selection.
The Czech Republic international limped off in the Owls’ last game before the international break, a 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Pudil had been struggling with a thigh injury and after being replaced by Fernando Forestieri a few minutes into the second half against Bristol City, the left back would then miss the matches against Birmigham City, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn, before managing a little under an hour against Brighton.
However, the 31-year-old has revealed that he has returned to full training and should be in the squad to face the Terriers on Sunday.
“I am fit and available now,” Pudil told The Star.
“I had a full session of training with the rest of the team (on Tuesday) and everything is OK now, so I should be fine and in the squad for the game on Sunday.
“I haven’t had any problems, we had some rest for a few days and we were all then working hard for a few more and I feel good so I should be OK to play, if the coach chooses me.”
Pudil’s return will be provide a welcome lift to head coach Carlos Carvalhal, who, with Urby Emanuelson not yet match-fit, has been forced to use winger Adam Reach in the left-back role.
While the record signing from Middlesbrough can fill in, in that position, Reach’s abilities on the flank were being lost and he admitted last week: “I am sure my chances will come at wide left and hopefully I will get a run of games there and really start putting some performances together.”
The international break has arrived at a good time for Pudil from a club perspective, though not so for his country.
“It was good for me to get some rest and recover from the injury, then get back to training, with no games in the middle,” he said.
“Everyone likes to play but it is a very long season in the Championship, we play a lot of games, 46 is a lot and two or three in a week can really tire players out.
“It is good for the players to get some time to rest and be ready for another big match against the team at the top of the league.”
He added: “I was disappointed that I didn’t get the chance to go and play for my country. It is a big highlight for any player to represent their nation and it was frustrating to miss that, especially playing against Germany.
“This is football, this happens sometimes.”