VIDEO: Owls latest - Boss ponders cup changes

Lewis McGugan
Lewis McGugan

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal is contemplating making changes for his side’s clash with Newcastle United in the third round of the Capital One Cup tomorrow night.

With Fernando Forestieri cup-tied, the Portuguese chief will have to freshen up his forward line.

Speaking at his pre-match press briefing today, Carvalhal said Jack Hunt and Kieran Lee are feeling the effects of a hectic schedule, suggesting he may rest the duo.

Barry Bannan may also be given a breather, with Carvalhal hinting Lewis McGugan will start for the first time in nearly a month.

After travelling to St James’ Park, Wednesday lock horns with Brentford at Griffin Park on Saturday.

“There are a lot of things I have to consider,” he said. “It is not a question of rotation. It is a question of managing the health of the players.

“We will try to put 11 players on the pitch tomorrow with 100% energy, who are ready to play, fight in the game and give their maximum.”

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Carvalhal cited loan trio Daniel Pudil, Michael Turner and Bannan as examples of players who were short of match fitness before moving to Hillsborough.

He said: “Barry Bannan hadn’t played a match in eight weeks before coming to Sheffield Wednesday. It is the same with Pudil and possibly Michael Turner.

“We need players who can play 120 minutes (against Newcastle). The match on Wednesday will finish late. We won’t get home until 2-3 o’clock in the morning. We then have to travel to Brentford so we have a short time.

“We have to care about these players; we have a short time time to recover. We have two days to recover before we play Brentford and we will be absolutely ready and fresh to play that match.”

On McGugan, Carvalhal, who refused to comment on speculation linking Wednesday with a loan move for Sunderland, said: “I like the way that he [McGugan] plays. I have some expectations to see him play. I pushed him a lot to come to the club.

“Lewis didn’t play in the last couple of matches but he’s still a very talented player. He will play tomorrow. I want to see him play nice football.”

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