Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce reveals why Steven Fletcher and Liam Palmer did not play on Monday
It’s been a gruelling Championship season for Sheffield Wednesday and with two games in four days over the weekend, Owls boss Steve Bruce decided to give some of his players a “well deserved rest”.
Both top scorer Steven Fletcher and defender Liam Palmer were absent from Wednesday’s match day squad for the 2-0 win against Bristol City on Monday as they were rested for the Hillsborough clash.
Between them Fletcher and Palmer have racked up a total of 80 appearances for the Owls in all competitions this season, and Bruce says their hard work earned them a breather before the final two games of the campaign.
Versatile Palmer has played at both left and right-back this campaign, while 11-goal Fletcher equalled his highest goal tally for a season as he found the net against Norwich City in the 2-2 Good Friday draw.
And their efforts earned them a rest, as Bruce told The Star: "They had a well-deserved rest. They have been excellent and have played relentlessly for me.
"It was important I had a look at Lazaar. He is a loan signing who came here and had a good start and then got injured.
"He played okay against Bristol.
“He tired a bit towards the second half but overall he has done okay. The ninety minutes will have done him good.”