Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Nicky Weaver said the Owls’ small squad was obvious in the defeat at Barnsley this week.
With just eight days until the League One campaign kicks-off at Hillsborough against Rochdale only the addition of Danny Batth has strengthened the players at manager Gary Megson’s disposal after a flurry of signings earlier in the summer.
Weaver, aged 32, isn’t so much worried about the quality of his team-mates, more the lack of depth in case or injuries or suspensions.
He said: “For the first time it was noticeable about the lack of numbers. We had a couple of people sitting out for different reasons but hopefully we’ll be able to add few to the squad soon.
“The lads we’ve brought in are quality players. We’ve definitely gone for quality rather than quantity with our signings, which is good.”
Weaver’s thoughts were echoed by Megson after the 2-0 defeat at Oakwell.
He said: “Sometimes you have to take one step backwards to go two steps forward. We could have easily fulfilled these fixtures and kept more players, but in terms of would that be the right thing for the club?, no it wouldn’t.
“So we’ve had to do some things that timing wise aren’t ideal, but in the knowledge and the hope that it’s the right thing to do, because we could bring other people in and make ourselves stronger.
“At this moment in time we’re not strong enough, but at this moment in time we’re playing Barnsley in a friendly.”
Despite the loss to Championship opposition Weaver, who joined the Owls just before the start of the last campaign, said pre-season has gone well: “We had a great week in Austria, which was one of the best training camps I’ve been on.
“And we’ve had good, proper games against Rotherham, Leeds, Barnsley and Stoke on Saturday. A lot of teams go around the non-league scene but we’ve played against some strong sides. But you can never truly judge a pre-season until around September time when some matches have been played.”