‘It will be difficult’ for Sheffield Wednesday’s top scorer to make Blackburn Rovers comeback

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Sheffield Wednesday seem unlikely to have Michael Smith to call upon when they take on Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

The Owls striker, who is their top scorer so far this season, has missed the last three games due to a muscle injury that he sustained before the international break, and Danny Röhl explained earlier in the week that they would have to see whether he would be able to return this weekend.

Now, in his pre-match press conference, the German has hinted that having ‘Smudga’ fit again for tomorrow could be a long shot, even though he didn’t rule him out completely.

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He told the media, “I think it will be difficult. We have to pay attention, and if there’s too much risk then tomorrow he will not play and he’ll not be available with the squad.”

It’s not all bad news, though. With Röhl explaining that he wouldn’t be forced into many squad changes from the draw with Leicester City, with John Buckley – because of a loan clause – the only player unavailable for selection from the side that held the league leaders.

“No,” he replied when asked if there were any fresh injury concerns. “All the players who were in the squad on Wednesday are available for the weekend as well.”

Wednesday also have Josh Windass back available for selection after he served his one-game ban, while the likes of Barry Bannan, Di’Shon Bernard and Jeff Hendrick can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they’ll reach the 19th game of the season without hitting the five-booking mark that would lead to suspension. Players now have until the 37th game to avoid reaching 10 yellow cards and a two-game ban.

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