Carlos Carvalhal has heaped praise on the attitude of his squad after revealing a group of players trained on Saturday morning despite not being in the matchday line-up.
The Sheffield Wednesday head coach said it was ‘unbelievable’ that the group put in the effort despite not being part of his plans for the clash with Preston North End.
And it provides further evidence of the team spirit in the camp according to Carvalhal.
“We had training with some of the players who were not in the squad and it was unbelievable that they trained,” he said.
“Jose Semedo, Modou Sougou, Filipe Melo, Sergiu Bus and Liam Palmer.
“They have got an amazing attitude and I am very happy to see these things.
“It means they are not happy to not be in the team but they are on the pitch and they come together to see the team.
“Everybody belongs and has a part which is very important to me.
“We have a real team.”
Carvalhal admitted it is difficult to leave out players who show such strong desire to be part of his plans.
He said: “I can only pick 18 in the squad so it breaks my heart when I couldn’t put in Semedo, Sougou, Bus and Palmer.
“They are working a lot and deserve to go into the 18.
“They are fantastic professionals and we have a fantastic group and believe they can help the team in the future.”