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.
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.
“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.”
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.”