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Stronger in the future

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06:00 4th January 2017


Following the hectic period of festive fixtures including a trip to Newcastle on Boxing Day followed by two games in three days over New Year, Carlos Carvalhal says the following week will be crucial in the players’ recovery.

The Owls have been hit with a number of injury concerns, with players sidelined and stepping out on the pitch with injuries.

But with a break from the rigours of Championship action until 14 January, the head coach believes his squad will benefit from the break and come back stronger.

Wednesday head to Middlesbrough on Sunday for their FA Cup third round clash at The Riverside where Carlos has hinted at changes, explaining:

“Fernando hasn’t trained these past days, he’s come back almost direct to play. He trained the day before a little.

“Gary Hooper will soon be ready to work with us. This rest will be good to Barry Bannan because he has a small pain, it will be good to him and to Sam Hutchinson also.

Gary Hooper training

“I think we will recover these players, this week will be good for them to give more time.

“We believe when we are all together again, with full energy we will be better.”

The Owls have come through the busy Christmas period in good shape, with just one defeat in the past nine outings and occupy sixth spot in the division.

He added: “Our team in the last one week and a half did a fantastic performance at Newcastle, we have the value, we have the talent, we have the organisation.

“The circumstances have meant we have lost little things and these are not easy to control but we will be stronger in the future.”