Injury updates on FIVE Sheffield Wednesday players, including fresh concern for star man
Sheffield Wednesday’s stretched first team squad could swell in numbers ahead of their trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
In Tuesday’s win over Blackburn Rovers the Owls named trio Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Ciaran Brennan and Matt Penney on the bench, despite the fact they had played for the club’s under-23 side just hours beforehand.
Wednesday’s won’t be the only Championship squad to be stretched at current, though the Owls will take solace in the fact that their gruelling run of midweek fixtures is behind them.
Speaking to The Star, stand-in manager Jamie Smith who reported that Darren Moore’s recovery from pneumonia is going well and that he may even be able to rejoin the effort this season, said that while Joost van Aken, Izzy Brown and Elias Kachunga missed the Blackburn clash, there may be good news on the injury front.
“Kacha was ill after the game on Saturday and on Sunday morning, and then Izzy showed signs of illness, so we’re keeping him away now as a precaution.”
On van Aken he said: “He had a little nick in training yesterday, which unfortunately kept him off the bench today.
“We’re not expecting it to be an issue going into the next few games, it’s more of a precautionary thing.”
In a further boost, Chey Dunkley used a social media post to suggest he could be back in full training this week.
Smith said: “They’ll have a day off to rest and recover, but although it’s a day off we’ll still have them doing certain things to make sure their bodies are recovering and then we’ll be back in Thursday ready to work.”
There is a slight concern over the fitness of red-hot forward Josh Windass, whose form has given Wednesday a fighting chance.
Asked how he was after the game, he said: “Not great to be honest, by calf was in bits and every time a sub was coming I was looking up thinking ‘come on, get me off’.
“We’ve just got to work as hard as we can for the team. There have been a lot of games recently, so all the lads are a bit tires, but as you’ve seen with the performance we put in, we’ve all put a proper shift in and worked our hardest.”