Sheffield Wednesday: Joe Wildsmith unlikely to play again until December

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Goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith is unlikely to return to action until December, The Star has learned.

The promising youngster, who started the Owls’ EFL Cup defeat at Cambridge United earlier this campaign, hurt his finger in training last month.

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal admitted: “Joe had surgery on his finger and will be out some weeks. He did it in training and these things take time to recover from.

“We don’t like to put a timescale on it and put pressure on the player and the medical department.”

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Wildsmith rose to prominence during the 2015/16 campaign, making 14 appearances in Wednesday’s march to the Championship Play-Off Final. The 20-year-old leapfrogged Lewis Price in the pecking order and established himself as the Owls’ number two behind Keiren Westwood.

With Wildsmith and Westwood sidelined by injury, Cameron Dawson made his full Wednesday debut against Queens Park Rangers. The academy starlet, preferred in between the sticks to summer signing Jake Kean, impressed, producing a string of fine saves as Carvalhal’s side deservedly returned to winning ways at Hillsborough.

“I have complete trust in all of our goalkeepers and sleep very easy no matter which one of them starts,” conceded Carvalhal.

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Westwood missed out last weekend, having failed to shake off a back problem he sustained at Cardiff City. He continues to receive treatment as the Owls step up their preparations ahead of Saturday’s trip to Derby County.

When quizzed on whether Westwood will be available for selection this weekend, Carvalhal replied: “He’s still feeling pain in the back so I don’t know.”

Full-back Jack Hunt, recalled to the starting line-up versus QPR, was taken off in the closing stages after picking up a knock.

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