Urby Emanuelson close to Sheffield Wednesday debut + injury update ahead of Huddersfield Town clash

Urby Emanuelson is close to making his first appearance for Wednesday
Urby Emanuelson is close to making his first appearance for Wednesday
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Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal says post-transfer window signing Urby Emanuelson will soon be ready to make his first appearance for the Owls.

The left-sided player was brought in in September after a release from Italian side Verona but the lack of a pre-season and the fact that he hadn't played competitively since last season has meant the Dutchman has had to bide his time before making a first-team start.

Keiren Westwood is fit for Sunday's match against Huddersfield Town

Keiren Westwood is fit for Sunday's match against Huddersfield Town

However, Carvalhal has revealed that the 30 year old has been working hard to regain his fitness and should soon be available for selection.

"(Emanuelson is getting) better and better," said Carvalhal. "He didn't play for a long time, when he arrived it was inside the competition and the last game he played was in May.

"It is normal when you are in the competition, it is not easy, even if you are a good player, they have to play with the tempo and all the coaches want to win the games so it is not easy to put one player who is not with correct tempo and intensity but he is improving and is better and better day by day."

Ahead of Sunday's match against Championship leaders Huddersfield, Carvalhal said the international break has come at a good time for the team and the coaching staff, who have had the opportunity to work on aspects of their game they aren't often able to.

Daniel Pudil is fit and ready, as is Keiren Westwood, both of whom came off with knocks in the defeat to Brighton two weeks ago. Sam Hutchinson is fit and Almen Abdi, who also missed that game through illness, should be available.

"It was important this international break," Carvalhal added: "It is important when you play a lot of games because when you have this period you can introduce more things, you can train properly with the team.

"When you play three in three days you are most of the time recovering and not introducing new things. It was OK for Daniel, for example to improve the physical conditions. It was important also for Almen (Abdi) to be more integrated to the team; to Buckley, Reach, Urby, especially the new players to understand better and better what we want.

"We did very good two weeks of training. I feel my team are strong and ready for the game. We don't know what is going to happen on Sunday but I can feel because I know my players and I can feel it when they are absolutely ready and looking forward to the game and I am feeling my team like this."

On Westwood he said: "It was a strain, he is OK. Last week, no but this week he has been training day-by-day and now he is 100%."