Sheffield Wednesday: Semedo injury worry for Owls

Owls midfielder Jose Semedo.
Owls midfielder Jose Semedo.

Jose Semedo is Sheffield Wednesday’s major injury concern ahead of Saturday’s clash with Cardiff City at Hillsborough.

The Portuguese player was a notable absentee from the Owls side who slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Reading last week. The 30-year-old withdrew from the Championship tussle at 10am on Saturday due to a toe infection.

Semedo is currently taking medication for the problem and took no part in training yesterday, which was staged at Hillsborough due to Wednesday’s pitches at their Middlewood Road training ground being frozen.

Stuart Gray, the Owls head coach, hopes Semedo will be available for selection to face the Bluebirds as they look to halt a three-match winless run.

“It was frustrating for us and Semi on Saturday because we had prepared for the game and then had to rejig things around,” he told The Star. “Semi couldn’t even get his trainer on Saturday morning as his toe had swollen up that badly. He was in a lot of pain and had not slept.

“Hopefully Semi will be back in training tomorrow.”

While pleased to have captured four new players on transfer deadline day, Gray confirmed they missed out on signing a new winger on a temporary basis.

“We tried to get a wide player in at the last minute and we thought we had got him over the line but he decided to stay at his parent club,” he said.

“There’s a possibility that could happen when the emergency loan window reopens.”

Gray also denied reports claiming Wednesday tabled a £2m bid for Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Paterson.

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