Carlos Carvalhal is delighted to have Glenn Loovens back fit – but not just because he is available to play.
After overcoming a hip problem, the Dutch defender make his first appearance in two months for Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon as they visit Bolton Wanderers, and certainly adds much-needed numbers fo the Owls’ central defensive ranks.
But head coach Carvalhal says simply having Loovens back on the training ground has been a major boost for his squad.
“He is not just on the pitch where he is an important player,” he told The Star.
“I have said before that he is the best captain that I have worked with so far in my career.
“He really is a very good captain, a fantastic personality.
“He puts the team first than everything all the time.
“The players respect him a lot also and I am very happy when I saw him training.
“Also the intensity and the level of the training when he is on the pitch, he upgrades because he is a leader and he pushes everyone to upgrade.
“This is very important to me.
“If he plays or not plays depends on the circumstances and the opportunities, a lot of things.
“The most important to me is that he is back in training, the voice is there, the intensity upgrades and he is part of this.
“I am very happy to see him again as part of our training.”
Loovens is not the only player back for Carvalhal today with Jack Hunt, Sam Hutchinson and Almen Abdi all available for selection. Keiren Westwood remains a doubt due to his rib injury.