Sheffield Wednesday fan column: Owls braced for a miserly Christmas

Tom Lees compounded Wednesday's misery at Stoke in midweek after going off injured
Tom Lees compounded Wednesday's misery at Stoke in midweek after going off injured

After a disappointing but not unexpected result on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup against Stoke City, we must now concentrate on the league - yes that old chestnut - and December could be a difficult month for The Owls.

December brings six fixtures where Wednesday will play three of the current top six. We will also have to play these matches without some of our key players. When our performances have already started to wane, how will Carvalhal ensure that we make it through the Christmas period unscathed and hopefully with enough points to keep us in touch with the play offs?

The big issue for The Owls head coach is our defence. Tom Lees, Glenn Loovens and Jack Hunt all picked up injuries in the cup match leaving Carlos with limited options for the league games.

Hopefully behind door number six of Sheffield Wednesday’s advent calendar will be a fully fit Michael Turner who could return from his knee injury for the Derby game to alleviate some of the team selection pressure. Vincent Sasso however looks like he will remain on the physio table.

At the time of writing this article Tom Lees was due for a scan on both hamstring and ankle injuries. That phrase sounds ominously like a long lay off for such a key player.

If the knocks that Hunt and Loovens received are likely to keep them out for a few games Carvalhal’s options are Wiggins, Pudil, Helan and Lachman. With Derby County, Middlesbrough and sixth place Birmingham City to play, all of who are in the top eight Championship scorers, the defence is going to be stretched.

Carlos thankfully has more quality depth in his squad than Stuart Gray had but it’s going to be a lean Christmas for The Owls.