Sheffield Wednesday team changes: Fernando Forestieri starts as Owls make two changes

Wednesday star Fernando Forestieri returns to the starting line-up for this evening's home clash with Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Friday, 28th September 2018, 18:47 pm
Updated Friday, 28th September 2018, 18:57 pm

Forestieri, who has sat-out the last three matches due to suspension, was given the nod up front at the expense of Marco Matias. It is the Argentine-born forward's first Championship start since August 19.

Owls chief Jos Luhukay also made one alteration to his defence, bringing in Jordan Thorniley, who has recovered from a calf problem, for Daniel Pudil.

Neither Matias nor Pudil were included in the matchday squad but young defender Isaac Rice was for the first time named on the bench.

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Strikers Gary Hooper and Sam Winnall (both calf), Sam Hutchinson (groin), Joost van Aken (ankle) and Kieran Lee (knee) are still out.

Owls: Dawson; Lees, Hector, Thorniley; Baker, Pelupessy, Bannan, Reach, Penney; Forestieri, Fletcher. Substitutes: Wildsmith, Palmer, Rice, Preston, Onomah, Nuhiu, Joao.