VIDEO - Sheffield Wednesday press conference latest: Gary Hooper available for Barnsley clash

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Carlos Carvalhal has revealed that Gary Hooper should be fit and available to make a long-awaited return to action against Barnsley tomorrow.

Hooper has been sidelined since November after picking up a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage and then suffered a further knock on his quad during the recovery.

Gary Hooper hasn't played since November but could feature against Barnsley

Gary Hooper hasn't played since November but could feature against Barnsley

However, the striker is now back in training and could make an appearance in tomorrow's crucial derby at Oakwell.

Carvalhal, speaking to the press ahead of the big game, said: "Gary's okay. He is one of the players who have started training, He started training this week and he is available to be involved, yes."

The Owls head coach wouldn't be pushed on the rest of the players who have been missing in recent weeks, however, though Sam Hutchinson, who also spoke with the press, said he was fit after resting his minor knee injury during the international break.

Ross Wallace and Fernando Forestieri were also among the injured players.

"Let's see," Carvalhal said. "We have training today, we have some players even today we are not sure if they can be involved or not. After training we will take a decision. The panorama now is better than the week of Reading. That week some players who were playing felt some problems.

"Tom Lees is playing more, other players are training more and are more ready for the game but it is not a problem. We will have 11 players, we will be ready for the derby."

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