Shefield Wednesday: Carvalhal confident over Owls keeper Westwood’s injury

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal
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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has allayed injury fears concerning Owls number one Keiren Westwood.

The Republic of Ireland international picked up an achilles injury in the first half of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Keiren Westwood

Keiren Westwood

But Carvalhal, who has already confirmed that academy graduate Joe Wildsmith will start in goal against Stoke City tomorrow, expects Westwood to be available for selection for Wednesday’s televised Championship encounter at home to automatic promotion hopefuls Derby County on Sunday.

Carvalhal told The Star: “Keiren felt a pain in his achilles tendon but I’m sure he will be ready for Derby.

“We will play Joe on Tuesday and I have every confidence in him as always. He has done very, very well this season.

“We will analyse the rest of the team, see which players are tired and choose the best side to win the game.”

Carvalhal was delighted with Wednesday’s second-half performance, admitting his three substitutes made a big difference in the final outcome.

“We put new energy in attack and life on the pitch,” he said. “We put Fernando [Forestieri] on the left and started to play more offensive. We were the best team in the second half.

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“We tried to the last second to win.”

The draw at Blackburn leaves Wednesday in eighth position, level on points with sixth-placed Birmingham Cit,y but Carvalhal has played down their chances of figuring in the promotion shake-up.

He stressed: “There are a lot of teams with better conditions than us.

“They invest a lot and have strong players and good coaches. They are buying very expensive players and have worked with the same coaches for two or three years.

“We are outsiders in this fight.”