Manager Jos Luhukay and new boy Michael Hector spoke to the media at Middlewood today ahead of Saturday’s Championship home clash against Stoke City.
Kieran Lee: The midfielder felt something in his knee early in his comeback game with the under-23s last Monday following a long-term hip problem. Has had scan. Out for several weeks. Player and club very disappointed.
Gary Hooper: The striker played 45 minutes in last week’s U-23 match and will be given 65/70 minutes in next Monday’s U-23 fixture.
Sam Winnall: The frontman has picked up a calf problem as he recovers from cruciate surgery. Hasn’t been with the main group for a fortnight. On the positive side, his knee is good.
Fernando Forestieri ban: The club simply have to accept it. The player is training well.
New boys: Michael Hector and Josh Onomah are training with the Owls for the first time today after international duty.
Joey Pelupessy’s improved form: His place has never been under threat. “An absolute team player”. His quality is the ‘ugly’ work he does for the side. Gives the team balance and stability. He makes Barry Bannan better.
Almen Abdi: Completely back in team training for the last fortnight after a hamstring issue. Needs time to find a way back to form and the first team after a long spell of injuries.
Key to continuing the winning run: New focus and new motivation after the international break.
Stoke City match: Big challenge. The Potters struggled at the start of the season but are a team of quality. Owls must impose their own quality.
Players on international duty: All four players have returned 100 per cent fit.
Atdhe Nuhiu’s international goal in midweek: Will be good for the centre-forward’s confidence. Has been working hard for the Owls but has struggled for form “a little bit”. A “strong and positive” character.
Josh Onomah: A box-to-box player. Can defend and attack. Plays good passes forward.
Sam Hutchinson: Has spent three days in Barcelona this week because of a groin problem. May be able to return to training on Monday. Not available for Saturday.
Transfer deadline day: Relaxed time. Came up to Sheffield on the train with his dad knowing the season-long loan deal was already done.
First impressions: It’s a good set-up, very professional. Feels ready to start on Saturday if selected. Been away with Jamaica.
Aim for the season: Championship is a tough league. Take it game by game and hopefully momentum will build with the right results.
Chances of a permanent deal: Wants to find the right team and the right place. It would be beneficial for him and his young family to have a settled base. Still not writing off his career with parent club Chelsea.
Luhukay influence: Knew the Owls boss’s German background and a personal chat with him sealed the deal.