Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss rules out loan additions

Carlos Carvalhal
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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has ruled out dipping into the loan market to bring in reinforcements despite their growing injury list.

Michael Turner, Alex Lopez and Modou Sougou will miss tonight’s trip to Rotherham United due to knee, thigh and shoulder problems respectively.

Carvalhal refused to put a timescale on when Turner will return to action but said Sougou is likely to be sidelined for a minimum of three weeks. Lopez is edging closer to regaining full fitness while Marco Matias continues to receive treatment for a groin injury.

“We are not planning on entering the market,” he told The Star. “We are happy with our squad.

“When one player has a problem, another is ready to play.

“We are, like other clubs, keeping an eye on the market but nothing is close at this moment.”

Carvalhal, who wants youngsters Will De Havilland and Ryan Meadows to go out on loan to sample first-team football, has shrugged off talk of his team being favourites ahead of this evening’s South Yorkshire derby.

Three points could move the Owls up to eighth in the table, one point shy of the top-six. Rotherham are currently sitting in the relegation zone and have not beaten their neighbours at home in the league since 1976.

“I don’t think we are favourites, in the derbies there are never favourites,” said Carvalhal.

“Even if one team is in first and the other is in last. These kind of games are special environments, it’s a game where anything can happen.

“We understand the importance of the game, but we will change nothing, we will go with the same spirit, we will fight a lot and we will do exactly the same as what we have been doing.”

Despite their seven-match unbeaten run, Carvalhal insists there is more to come from the Owls.

“We must do better,” he stressed. “We must win more games and score more goals. All the time we can do better.

“We have moved a lot of things in a short time but I understand we can improve the players individually and the team collectively.

“If you asked me about our team, the correct answer is we are still in the process to become a strong team.”

The Portuguese has indicated he will rotate his squad again at the AESSEAL New York Stadium following a hectic period.

“We see, all the time, which players can give 100% in each position,” he said. “Between the strategy and how the players feel, we choose all the time the best eleven.

“We are ready and we don’t want any excuses. We will be ready to fight. We change the players but are identity is still the same and they follow my idea.”

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