Sheffield Wednesday: Keiren Westwood faces race against time to be fit for QPR clash

Keiren Westwood, right, was forced off through injury at Cardiff
Keiren Westwood, right, was forced off through injury at Cardiff

Keiren Westwood remains an injury concern for Sheffield Wednesday ahead of their Championship showdown with Queens Park Rangers.

The goalkeeper was taken off in the first half of the Owls’ midweek draw at Cardiff City due to a back problem and replaced by rookie Cameron Dawson. Westwood felt the knock in the warm-up but tried to play on. It is the second time the Republic of Ireland has come off in the last three outings.

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Speaking to the press corps today, head coach Carlos Carvalhal said: “We will see if Keiren recovers not. We have some wishes he will be okay.

“If he doesn’t recover, it is not a problem as we have trust in all the goalkeepers we have in the club.

“Last season, we put Joe [Wildsmith] in and he did really well. Cammy [Dawson] is good value and Jake [Kean] is ready too.”

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Steven Fletcher is pushing for a first-team return after shrugging off an illness which kept him out of action in South Wales on Wednesday.

“He will be available,” said Carvalhal. “Fletcher trained for the first time yesterday.

“He will train today and check on his energy and our other attackers. We will see who is better to start and can give energy to the team.”

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Winger Ross Wallace has recovered from a minor knock and midfielder Barry Bannan could be involved after being rested versus the Bluebirds.

On Bannan, Carvalhal said: “He will be ready to be in the squad tomorrow.”

Tomorrow’s clash is unlikely to come too soon for striker Lucas Joao, who has not featured since August 27 because of a groin injury.

“Lucas is training on the pitch and is improving,” said Carvalhal.

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