Could Julian Börner, Chey Dunkley or Keiren Westwood face Barnsley? – Tony Pulis gives the latest of Sheffield Wednesday trio
Sheffield Wednesday face Barnsley this weekend, but are still not quite at full strength as Tony Pulis continues his hunt for a first win at the club.
The Owls may well be without Julian Börner – who just won the club’s Player of the Month award for November – after he sustained a bang on the head in the 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield, news that will be a big blow for Pulis considering the German’s performances of late.
Pulis also gave updates on the situations regarding Chey Dunkley and Keiren Westwood, with the former still recovering from a double leg break earlier in the year, and the latter battling a knock that he picked up two games into his Owls return.
Wednesday are desperate to get back to winning ways this weekend after a disappointing performance against the Terriers earlier in the week, and the manager says that he wants to ‘get the best players in the team’.
Speaking to the media today, Pulis gave an update on some of those who are doubtful for Saturday’s Yorkshire derby, and would appear that his German centre back is the only one possibly in contention to face the Tykes come tomorrow afternoon.
Here’s what he had to say:
“There’s no fracture there or anything else. You are a little bit concerned when he gets slapped in the side of the head that he has got a little fracture of the cheekbone but there is no fracture there.
“It’s just a case of seeing what Julian will be like today. He didn't train yesterday. Hopefully he will come pin today and we will take a view then.
“We can’t force him to play so we will see what the situation is and how he feels.”
“Chey has trained all week and trained really well all week… He is getting closer. I’ll speak to the medical staff and the people who have worked with him.
“My responsibility is to get results for this football club and to get the best players in the team. If they think he is fit and ready to go, either Tuesday next week or this week or two weeks, then we’ll take a view and have a good chat.
“Everybody wants to get him fit and on the pitch, he is an important person for the team.”
“Keiren is pushing on. How long it’ll be I’m not sure. He’s just in the Dome doing some extra work.”
“There are positives out there with the lads. Iorfa has trained really well, he’s needed the games but has trained really well the last couple of days… They trained really well yesterday as a group and were very, very good. We have dusted ourselves off, we took a real punch on the jaw on Tuesday.
“But it’s not about that now, it’s about getting up again, rolling your sleeves up and throwing punches yourself again.”
Wednesday face Barnsley at 3pm tomorrow as they seek to extend their unbeaten run against Barnsley that stretches back to 2009.