Sheffield Wednesday: Depleted Owls look to bounce back

The injuries are piling up and threatening to derail Sheffield Wednesday's promotion charge.

Tuesday, 14th March 2017, 6:44 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:06 am
Sam Hutchinson

Seven first-team players missed Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa with various ailments.

To compound their woes, captain Glenn Loovens was forced off with a knock late in the second half as the Owls crashed to a second consecutive defeat on the road.

Fernando Forestieri

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Wednesday could be without three senior centre-backs when they welcome promotion hopefuls Reading to Hillsborough on Friday. Loovens and Tom Lees face a race against time to be fit while Vincent Sasso will begin his three-match ban following his red card at Villa Park.

Boss Carlos Carvalhal said: “If you as ask me with Tom Lees, with Kieran Lee, with Sam Hutchinson, with Gary Hooper, with Almen Abdi, with Fernando Forestieri if we are more strong – then I will say yes, we are more strong.

“We would have more options so of course it would make us stronger. But we will not cry over the players we don’t have.

“We must live with the players that we have and we have plenty here and a lot of confidence in all of them.”

Almen Abdi

Fernando Forestieri

Position: Forward

Injury: Knee

Callum McManaman

Likely return: Unknown

Sam Hutchinson

Position: Midfield

Injury: Knee

Tom Lees

Likely return: After the international break

Almen Abdi

Position: Midfield

Injury: Knee

Likely return: After the international break

Callum McManaman

Gary Hooper

Position: Winger

Injury: Groin

Likely return: Unknown

Gary Hooper

Position: Striker

Injury: Hamstring

Likely return: Could be involved in Friday

Tom Lees

Position: Defender

Injury: Knee

Likely return: Could be involved in Friday

Kieran Lee

Position: Midfielder

Injury: Hip

Likely return: May/June

Kieran Lee
Fernando Forestieri
Almen Abdi
Callum McManaman
Tom Lees
Gary Hooper
Kieran Lee