Sheffield Wednesday: Owls plan to rest star striker for Wolves clash

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri

Fernando Forestieri will be rested for the Owls’ final match of the regular season at Wolves as boss Carlos Carvalhal looks to keep his star man fresh for the Championship Play-Offs.

The 15-goal striker will sit-out Saturday’s trip to Molineux and may not be the only senior player taken out of the firing line by Carvalhal.

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, defenders Tom Lees and Glenn Loovens, midfielders Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee and striker Gary Hooper could also be given breathers, with the Owls having already secured sixth spot with a match to spare.

“Fernando will be out of the game,” Portuguese chief Carvalhal told The Star. “With the play-offs coming up, why would I take any risks?

“We took Fernando off in the second half against Cardiff because if he had picked up another yellow card he would have been completely out of the rest of the season. We want to be with him so we didn’t take any risks.”

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In the Play-Off semi-finals, Wednesday will host the third-placed team, which will be either Middlesbrough or Brighton and Hove Albion, on Friday, May 13. Tickets have been slashed for the Hillsborough clash, £20 adults and £15 Over 65s & 17-20s.

The return leg takes place on Monday, May 16.

Boro welcome the Seagulls to The Riverside this weekend in a final-day shoot-out which will determine the second automatic promotion spot.

Carvalhal stressed: “We will take the Wolves game very seriously and prepare well for it. We will choose the best players to play. We must respect the game because we have a lot of fans going there.

“Let us see who we will play. We are strong. We are fit. Ross Wallace (suspension) will be ready for the play-offs also.”

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