Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star ruled out of Bolton clash

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Sheffield Wednesday will be without the services of Republic of Ireland international Keiren Westwood at Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

The 30-year-old, who scooped the Owls’ Player of the Year award last season, has resumed first-team training following a side strain.

Keiren Westwood

Keiren Westwood

But head coach Carlos Carvalhal has today confirmed Westwood will not be rushed back into action at the Macron Stadium. A spate of injuries have restricted Westwood to just two appearances this term, forcing him to sit-out the last five fixtures.

The Portuguese chief said: “Keiren [Westwood] has started training but he didn’t play on Saturday and we want players who are 100% so he will not be in the squad but soon he will be good to start.”

Highly-rated youngster Joe Wildsmith will remain in between the sticks after impressing in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Burnley.

“Joe will play,” stressed Carvalhal. “He did very well against Burnley.

“We trust him 100%. We have not got a problem with our goalkeepers. They give us 100% confidence.”

Owls go to Bolton chasing a first Championship victory since the opening-day of the season.

Carvalhal said: “It will be a difficult match but we have to focus on ourselves.

“We have created a new dynamic. We played well against Burnley. We did a lot of good things and I think we are in a good way.

“We just missed the points. We will fight for the three points at Bolton.”

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