Sheffield Wednesday: Owls handed goalkeeper boost

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Owls goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith has returned to training following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a back injury.

The academy gruduate, a lifelong Wednesday fan, has missed the last nine fixtures after sustaining the problem in an aerial collision with Bolton Wanderers striker Gary Madine in mid-January.

Before his injury setback, the England Under-20 international had leapfrogged Lewis Price in the pecking order for a starting spot. He demonstrated he was an able deputy for Wednesday number one Keiren Westwood, racking up five clean sheets in his 12 appearances this campaign.

Wildsmith is unlikely to be rushed back into action following his first big injury at senior level. Boss Carlos Carvalhal has a number of goalkeeping options, including Westwood, Price and Cameron Dawson.

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Carvalhal will be hoping Sam Hutchinson (knee) is passed fit to play in Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby with Rotherham United. Utility player Hutchinson was forced off in the second half of their goalless draw with Hull City last week.

Carvalhal could also recall full-backs Jack Hunt and Daniel Pudil.

Meanwhile, the Owls Under-21s clash at home to Barnsley, scheduled to take place at Middlewood Road yesterday, was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

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