Sheffield Wednesday: Owls suffer Jordan Rhodes injury blow

Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks with an ankle injury.

Tuesday, 17th October 2017, 19:42 pm
Updated Monday, 11th December 2017, 22:26 pm
Jordan Rhodes

It is understood Rhodes sprained his left ankle in Saturday’s defeat to bottom club Bolton Wanderers. The Scotland international was stretchered off in the closing stages at the Macron Stadium after an aerial challenge with David Wheater. He left the ground on crutches and wearing a protective boot on his left ankle.

Rhodes, who has started just two Championship matches this season, will definitely miss the trip to Derby County this weekend. He joins an injury list, including forwards George Boyd and Fernando Forestieri.

But Wednesday may be able to call upon first-choice shot-stopper Keiren Westwood at Pride Park. The Republic of Ireland international has sat-out their last three fixtures due to a rib injury which he sustained against Cardiff City last month.

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Jacob Butterfield, who is ineligible to face his parent club Derby on Saturday, featured prominently in the Owls development squad’s 4-1 thrashing of Birmingham City yesterday. The loan midfielder completed the full match as the Owls prevailed courtesy of strikes by Matt Penney (2), Daniel Pudil and Preslav Borukov. Full-back Pudil and Marco Matias were withdrawn just after the hour mark.

Neil Thompson, the Owls Under-23s boss, said: “It was a great shift from the experienced players. Butterfield did great in the middle of the pitch and Matias and Pudil did what you expect of them.

“It was a great when the three of them combined for Pudil’s goal. It was nice to see.

“They showed a fantastic attitude today which is a great example to the younger lads.”