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Recovering the missing links

3 April 2017

Carlos Carvalhal says he expecting good news between now and Saturday in terms of personnel returning to action.

Wednesday’s Championship campaign has been disrupted by countless injuries of key players over the past months.

But the head coach feels things are beginning to turn in favour of the Owls and expects positive news ahead of the next two fixtures, with a trip to Rotherham on Tuesday, followed by a home clash with Newcastle at the weekend.

Explaining in detail during the pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon, Carlos said:

“People ask me sometimes why we have changed a little the style of last season.

“When we look to the team of the final of the play-off, we have been a long time without Tom Lees, Ross Wallace, Kieran Lee, Sam Hutchinson, Fernando Forestieri and Gary Hooper.

“These players have been out a lot of time. With different players, you can’t play the same football, even though they have quality.

“These are players that connect things, everyone knows Kieran Lee connects the midfield and attack, Gary Hooper links midfield and attack, Forestieri is a linker also and we need these specific points to play the football we like and the fans like.

“But when we miss these kind of links, we must change the face of the team and be more compact, more solid, more realistic and try to achieve points and win.

“But I think we will have some news between tomorrow and Saturday, some good news about who is coming back to the 18 and to the team.

“With these players that can link the game, we can start to approach the football we like.”

Carlos did confirm that Hutchinson will miss the clash with the Millers, while Almen Abdi has been ruled out for the season after undergoing a knee operation.

He added: “We have a good expectations for the game at Rotherham tomorrow but it is vital we recover the players.”

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