Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star ruled out of Bolton clash

Keiren Westwood
Keiren Westwood

Sheffield Wednesday will be without the services of Republic of Ireland international Keiren Westwood at Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

The 30-year-old, who scooped the Owls’ Player of the Year award last season, has resumed first-team training following a side strain.

But head coach Carlos Carvalhal has today confirmed Westwood will not be rushed back into action at the Macron Stadium. A spate of injuries have restricted Westwood to just two appearances this term, forcing him to sit-out the last five fixtures.

The Portuguese chief said: “Keiren [Westwood] has started training but he didn’t play on Saturday and we want players who are 100% so he will not be in the squad but soon he will be good to start.”

Highly-rated youngster Joe Wildsmith will remain in between the sticks after impressing in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Burnley.

“Joe will play,” stressed Carvalhal. “He did very well against Burnley.

“We trust him 100%. We have not got a problem with our goalkeepers. They give us 100% confidence.”

Owls go to Bolton chasing a first Championship victory since the opening-day of the season.

Carvalhal said: “It will be a difficult match but we have to focus on ourselves.

“We have created a new dynamic. We played well against Burnley. We did a lot of good things and I think we are in a good way.

“We just missed the points. We will fight for the three points at Bolton.”

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