Daniel Pudil remains a big injury doubt for Sheffield Wednesday as they look to rectify their lousy form away from Hillsborough.
The left-back was forced to sit-out Tuesday’s morale-boosting victory over mid-table Millwall because of a hamstring problem. Pudil suffered the knock against Barnsley weekend.
A scan has confirmed Pudil’s injury is unlikely to keep him out of action for long but he may not be risked at Aston Villa this Saturday.
Speaking at his press briefing today, boss Carlos Carvalhal said: “Daniel s not training but he is much better.
“I don’t know if he can be involved on Saturday.
“We will make a decision tomorrow. But if he’s not available for Aston Villa he will be available for the next game after the international break.
“He’s near to coming back to training. Let’s see tomorrow.”
Wednesday have no fresh injury issues as Carvalhal’s men aim to halt a three-match losing run on the road. George Boyd (shoulder) and Fernando Forestieri (knee) are long-term absentees.
On Forestieri’s recovery from knee surgery, Carvalhal said: “He’s progressing well. He is giving the correct steps. Nothing is delayed. He’s in a very good way but he’s still far away.
“My expectation is he will come back in January but that is just my feeling.”
Despite their narrow win against the Lions, the Portuguese chief has refused to rule out the possibility of making changes to his starting line-up at Villa Park.
“When we have three games in one week, we have three or four players who can’t play three games,” said Carvalhal. “We must manage in the best way we can.
“It is a headache in a positive, not negative, way. A headache is when we want to do something but we don’t have the players.”
More than two months have passed since the Owls recorded an away victory. Their only triumph came at Fulham on August 19.
Carvalhal, who stressed out-of-favour midfielder Almen Abdi is training with the first-team squad, said: “The last victory was important. We have played well in the last two games.
“When we win, the internal competition is more high. Players who are not playing believe that they can play which is very important to the dynamic of the group. All of them are training very well.”