SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Injured Owls need to bounce back

Our Sheffield Wednesday blogger Danny Wearin is back, this week looking at the Owls’ need to bounce back from tough away defeats.

He writes...

Sheffield Wednesday’s injury list doesn’t show signs of shortening as Stuart Gray’s battered troops suffered back to back away defeats.

The Owls have missed the ever outstanding Chris Kirkland for both trips to Yeovil and Wigan with a calf problem he’s unable to shake off.

After Wednesday’s incredible 11 match unbeaten run the side have consistently been inconsistent with their form.

A sluggish abysmal defeat to Yeovil left Gray apologising to travelling fans in a service station for the under par performance from his team.

The trip to the DW stadium on Wednesday night was the perfect opportunity to make amends.

The Owls more than matched an inform Wigan side who were victorious at the Ethiad stadium on Sunday.

Leon best failed to convert a first half penalty in which Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi was lucky to still be on the pitch to save after he brought down Jaques Maghoma.

Wednesday paid for the miss and Jordi Gomez slotted home an 88th minute winner from the penalty spot to deny the Owls a point.

Kirkland’s calf problem just adds to the list of players that currently inhabit the treatment room.

No sooner that Michail Antonio was back in a Wednesday shirt again he was back on the treatment table with damaged ankle ligaments he sustained at Huddersfield.

Kieron lee (hamstring) and Jose Semedo (fractured fibula) are dearly missed at the heart of the team.

Wednesday are in 17th place and are 10 points clearer of the relegation zone ahead of a crunch game against Birmingham City on Saturday at Hillsborough.