Sheffield Wednesday’s injury victims will step up their recovery this week and there’s a possibility some could get on-pitch action today.
The Owls’ development side are scheduled to take on Cardiff City and Carlos Carvalhal may use that as an opportunity to test the sharpness of those players who have been missing for a number of weeks.
One of those could be Gary Hooper, who had already played in a development fixture during his recovery from a hamstring injury but then went on to encounter a problem with his quad.
Carvalhal’s missing list in recent matches also includes Ross Wallace, Sam Hutchinson and Fernando Forestieri but it is unlikely that all four will take part in the young Wednesday side’s match against the Bluebirds.
After the defeat to Reading, Wednesday’s last game before the international break, Carvalhal stated that he was confident he could have all four of those players back in contention for an eagerly-anticipated South Yorkshire derby with Barnsley at Oakwell.
“We have wishes that we can recover in these two weeks Sam, Gary Hooper, I think we can probably recover Fernando and Ross Wallace also,” he said at the time.
Meanwhile, all four first team players who had been on international duty will be back at Middlewood in the next 24 hours.
There was no action for any of the three Scotland players last night as they beat Slovenia 1-0.
Barry Bannan and Jordan Rhodes were unused substitutes while Steven Fletcher didn’t make the bench.
Atdhe Nuhiu is back after scoring for Kosovo on his debut in their 2-1 defeat to Iceland on Friday night.