Sheffield Wednesday may have prolonged the inevitable this week but they’re still fighting for their Championship survival this weekend as they make the trip to Middlesbrough.
They’re still going to need a miraculous run of results to secure their Championship status for next season, but a 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday was a step in the right direction.
Owls assistant manager Jamie Smith was in charge once again this week due to Darren Moore’s health battle, but he seems to be getting some fight out of the players following the midweek result.
Smith will need as fit a squad as possible for the visit to Teesside tomorrow, and the good news is that there’s no fresh injury worries to come out of the win over Rovers.
But he’s still waiting on a trio of players to return after being out for a while in Chey Dunkley, Joost van Aken and Massimo Luongo.
Dunkley hasn’t played since the 3-2 defeat to Luton at the end of February, van Aken was on the bench against Bristol City last Saturday but has seemingly picked up another issue having not played a Wednesday game since December and Luongo has been out for nearly three months.
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Smith didn’t give too much away regarding if any of the trio will be in the squad tomorrow but it doesn’t look like he’s ruled any of them out.
“Chey is getting closer. He has been joining little bits of training. He’s well on his way,” Smith said, per The Examiner.
“We are hoping he will play again this season. Fingers crossed. We will have to see on that.
“Massimo is doing little bits of the team so we will have to see on him.
“Joost van Aken did not train yesterday. We will see how he is.”
Wednesday will need all the help they can get in the final three games player-wise, and realistically they need to win all their matches to remain in the Championship.
Smith sounded like he didn’t want to give a whole lot away when speaking about his long-term injured players, so perhaps something is in the offing in regards to their nearing returns.
If Wednesday lose tomorrow though then they may not need to try and get the trio back to fitness – their place in Leagye One could be confirmed but if Tuesday was anything to go by, they’ll be fighting tooth and nail for the absent Moore once again.