Sheffield Wednesday: “100 per cent” Fernando Forestieri would love more Owls starts

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri

Fernando Forestieri is "100 per cent" ready to start for Sheffield Wednesday if he receives the nod from manager Jos Luhukay.

The forward was a star performer and scorer in the Owls' 2-2 home draw against West Bromwich Albion last week but was then on the bench for Sunday's 2-1 triumph at Bristol City.

In action at Bristol City

In action at Bristol City

Being dropped, he confessed, left him feeling "sad".

"It is the coach's decision," the Argentine said. "He is the coach and can do anything he wants. Of course, everyone wants to play. But if he decides I don't play then I respect that decision.

"I am 100 per cent if he calls me. I can play for 40 minutes or the whole game. I was a little sad to be left out (at Bristol) because I want to play in every game."

Victory in the final fixture before the international lifted Wednesday into a Championship play-off place. They return to action next Friday at home to fourth-placed Middlesbrough.

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Forestieri came on as a second-half substitute at Ashton Gate and within minutes of his introduction the Owls scored twice through Lucas Joao to set up their win.

"I tried to bring my best for the team," he said. "I tried to do what the manager wants and the team needs. 

"(On the pitch), we have 11 coaches. The defender coaches the midfielder and the midfielder coaches the striker. 

"It is difficult to come on in the middle of the game because everything is going 100 per cent and 100 kilometres per hour. It's not easy. 

"I think we play really well. We need to improve more things so we can do even better."

Forestieri missed games against Stoke City, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa because of a three-match ban incurred for his part in a pre-season mass brawl at Mansfield Town but has still scored three times this term.

The 28-year-old was selected for the opening three league games but lost his starting role after the 2-0 defeat at Brentford. He returned to the first 11 for the draws against Leeds United and West Brom before being benched at Bristol.