This is why Liam Palmer was left out of Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Derby County

There was a surprise absence from the Sheffield Wednesday teamsheet last night with full-back Liam Palmer left out of the 1-1 draw with Derby County following his return from a three-match suspension.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 12:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 2:08 pm

The absence of the Scotland international, who’s ban was served following a late red card in the defeat at West Brom, meant that Moses Odubajo retained his place.

The 27-year-old endured a rough night, giving away a penalty for the Rams’ equaliser before earning a late red card himself.

Speaking after the match, Wednesday boss Garry Monk explained that Palmer was left out due to injury.

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“He just had a little niggle at the end of last week,” he said.

“But he was back out on the pitches today [Wednesday] so we’re very hopeful he’s fit for the weekend.”

Asked about the importance of Palmer’s fitness given the suspension of Odubajo following his late red card at Pride Park, Monk said:

“Of course. It’s vitally important that Liam’s back, he’s done very well for us. We’re very confident that he should be back for the weekend.”

Liam Palmer sat out of Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Derby with an injury

Another continued absentee is goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who too is yet to feature since playing his role in a mix-up with Palmer that surrendered a point at the Hawthorns.

Westwood is suffering from a shoulder injury, with Monk making it clear Cameron Dawson would have been promoted to number one regardless.

On the fitness of the Republic of Ireland stopper, the manager said: “Keiren’s not back out on the full training. He should be training Thursday onwards.”