Sheffield Wednesday: Owls suffer defensive blow

Owls defender Joe Mattock
Owls defender Joe Mattock
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Sheffield Wednesday fear Joe Mattock will miss the final five matches of their Championship campaign after today picking up a groin injury in training.

Head coach Stuart Gray admits it is “touch and go” whether the left-back will play again this season.

Jeremy Helan has recovered from a groin problem and joined in first-team training today and is set to replace Mattock in the full-back position against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Gray said: “Joe has pulled his groin and has a grade two groin injury.

“His injury will probably be down to a fatigue because we played on Saturday and Monday. The four hour coach journey to Norwich on Monday will also have had an impact.

“It will be touch and go whether Joe plays again this season. We will get on with it and deal with it.”

The Owls are short of defensive options, with Liam Palmer, skipper Glenn Loovens and Claude Dielna all sidelined by injuries.

Dejan Kelhar is likely to come into Gray’s thoughts for the Addicks test. The Slovenian international centre-half is still waiting to make his Owls debut after an injury-hit campaign.

“Dejan has looked strong and sharp in training,” said Gray. “He’s had a couple of Under-21 games to give him that confidence.”

To compound Wednesday’s injury problems, Jose Semedo (foot) and Will Keane (ankle) have suffered “little setbacks”. It is unclear when the duo will next be fit for action.

“We thought we would have Will and Semi back for Charlton but they just can’t push on and their injuries keep flaring up,” conceded Gray.

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