Sheffield Wednesday: Owls sweat over Keiren Westwood fitness

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Sheffield Wednesday are sweating over the fitness of goalkeeper Keiren Westwood ahead of their midweek tussle against Reading.

Westwood suffered an injury in the first half of Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town and, although he initially stayed on, had to be replaced by youngster Joe Wildsmith after the break and be taken to hospital.

A scan confirmed the Republic of Ireland international, named in the Professional Footballers' Association Championship Team of the Year last season, bruised his kidney, meaning he is a big doubt for Wednesday's Hillsborough meeting with the Royals, who were held to a goalless draw against Leeds United yesterday.

If Westwood is ruled out, head coach Carlos Carvalhal faces a big selection poser in between the sticks.

Westwood's deputy is summer signing Lewis Price, who is on the comeback trail after recently having his appendix removed. The former Crystal Palace shot-stopper has sat-out their opening three outings but resumed first-team training on Friday.

But Carvalhal stressed: "Lewis is getting better day by day but is probably at 50 per cent."

It remains to be seen whether Price will be plunged straight into action should Westwood miss out.

Carvalhal's other options are Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson. Hot prospect Wildsmith, who spent a month on loan at Barnsley last term, only made his Owls debut in last Tuesday's Capital One Cup victory over Mansfield Town.

The Portuguese said: "I have full confidence that if we need Joe to start that he is ready. He is young but he has experience. We don't have any problems with playing him."

Captain Glenn Loovens and Sam Hutchinson are also being monitored by Wednesday's medical staff as the club bid to put the Ipswich result behind them. Goals either side of half-time from Freddie Sears and Tommy Smith cancelled out Ross Wallace's 19th minute opener.