Explained: The late change to the Sheffield Wednesday side to take on Barnsley

Sheffield Wednesday have made a dramatic late change to their starting line-up for today’s South Yorkshire derby with Barnsley.

By Alex Miller
Saturday, 20th March 2021, 2:56 pm

Experienced goalkeeper Keiren Westwood was named in the Owls’ starting line-up at 2pm but was went off holding his ribs midway through the warm-up.

Back-up keeper Joe Wildsmith will take his place.

The Star understands Westwood was in consideration for a recall to the Republic of Ireland side for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers but that there were concerns over his fitness.

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The 36-year-old sat out of a run of four matches in February and March with a rib injury but has come back into the side desperate to take his Wednesday tally of 193 appearances to the 200-mark.

Asked how his ribs were in yesterday’s press conference, Westwood hinted to The Star that all was not 100 per cent.

“I don't really want you printing anything, so I can't really answer that,” he said, laughing.

“I don't want it going out for everyone to see.”