Sheffield Wednesday: Owls hope Sougou makes swift recovery

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Wednesday’s players and coaching staff have wished wing merchant Modou Sougou a speedy recovery.

The Frenchman, snapped up on a free transfer in the summer following his release by Marseille, was carried off on a stretcher in their controversial draw at Queens Park Rangers in midweek.

Two minutes before the interval, QPR defender Clint Hill appeared to foul Sougou when through on goal but referee Andy Haines awarded no free-kick. After a seven minute delay, Sougou was stretchered off and taken to hospital after suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder.

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal told The Star: “Modou was playing very well and went to try and close down the defender and disturb their defence.

“I hope it’s not too serious and he will recover quickly. He is a good professional and a very good person but these things sometimes happen in football.”

Liam Palmer, recalled at right-back over Jack Hunt, claimed Wednesday were hard done by the officials but was more worried with Sougou’s health.

“He [Hill] was the last man and did not see Modou coming,” said the Worksop-born player. “He took him out so there was a definite case for him being sent off. It could have changed the complexion of the game.

“But at the time, you are more concerned about Modou and we wish him well and a speedy recovery. It is never nice to see someone rushed off to hospital so are thoughts are with him.”

Under-fire QPR boss Chris Ramsey argued Haines got the Sougou and Lucas Joao incidents either side of half-time correct.

“I thought Clint was a bit ring rusty but recovered quite well after he lost the ball at the end of the first half and on the penalty decision I believe that he won the ball,” he said.

It is a quick turnaround for Carvalhal’s charges, who go to neighbours Rotherham United tomorrow night.

Palmer conceded: “It is tough to play another big match so quickly, especially when you haven’t played since the Newcastle game.

“But it works the other way where the lads have not been playing and will be refreshed and ready for the next battle.

“You train to be a professional athlete so you know how to manage yourself as the games come thick and fast in the Championship.

An ankle injury robbed Palmer of the opportunity of featuring in the Owls’ memorable 3-2 win over Rotherham last term.

“I was injured, but I was there and saw the scenes so that was great,” he said. “Hopefully we don’t do it in that fashion this time as it was a bit too much to take! We would take five points from the week all day.”

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