Sheffield Wednesday: Owls face anxious wait over injured quartet

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Sheffield Wednesday could be without several key players ahead of their trip to 20th-placed Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

The Owls will give late fitness tests to Daniel Pudil (thigh), Barry Bannan (foot), David Jones (knee) and Lucas Joao (groin) before finalising their squad.

Left-back Pudil has sat-out their last two fixtures while Bannan was taken off in the second half of Saturday's 2-1 home victory over Nottingham Forest.

Speaking at his press briefing today, head coach Carlos Carvalhal said: "We have some questions about players that we will leave until the last minute. Barry [Bannan] is one of them.

"There are some players who have little problems. We have good expectations that they will all be available to play.

"We must wait until tomorrow to make our final decisions."

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Carvalhal said Jones took part in training today but admitted Joao suffered a setback in his recovery.

"Lucas was training with us but was not 100 per cent," he said. "He doesn't feel confident to shoot so he can't play.

"Because he was training some days and not improving, we decided to stop him training for a few days.

"I think he will train tomorrow and we will make a decision. He's feeling better but we will check tomorrow."

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Centre-back Tom Lees is expected to start, having shrugged off an illness.

Wednesday go to Lancashire searching for their victory away from Hillsborough this season.

"We will play against a new Blackburn," said Carvalhal. "They are not the Blackburn from the first few games.

"They have got new players from the last international break, playing more compact and have a good side. They have won their last two matches, including at Derby and not all the teams will win there.

"It's a team who are very compact. They are a typical team from the Championship who are organised and have quality. We expect a difficult game and I'm sure they are too."

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