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Neil Thompson faces selection headache as Sheffield Wednesday confirm player absence



Outgoing Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Liam Shaw will miss the Owls’ next two fixtures following his red card against Birmingham City in Saturday.

Shaw signed a pre-contract agreement with Scottish giants Celtic last week, but Wednesday caretaker boss Neil Thompson has never doubted the teenager’s commitment despite that, and selected him from the start of their battle with the Blues at the weekend.

It’s a decision that Thompson may have ended up regretting though, as Shaw received his marching orders on 50 minutes for a second bookable offence.

It was an unnecessary sliding challenge made by Shaw and many Wednesday fans thought that the academy graduate’s head may have been elsewhere – perhaps in a big city in Scotland – rather than focused on the pitch.

Despite a second bookable offence only being punished with a one-game ban normally, Shaw’s straight red card earlier on in the season against Reading means that he will be punished for an extra match.

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It gives Neil Thompson a selection headache now for the midweek clash with Brentford, but he’s certain that Shaw will learn a lot from what transpired on Saturday.

“He is devastated that he was sent off and it obviously impacts on how we played. It’s part of football,” Thompson told Wednesday’s official website.

“Whether you make a mistake and it is with the ball or you get sent off, you have got to learn from it and Liam will learn.

“When you are on a yellow, you run the risk. He is devastated. He has got to learn from that and I’m sure he will.”

The Verdict

A lot of Owls fans were questioning the decision to start Shaw on Saturday – being such a young player and penning a deal to take him to a club like Celtic in the summer must have been playing on his mind.

He may have been committed to the cause but the tackle he made was a bit too committed, and it ultimately means he misses two big games against Brentford and Luton.

Thompson now has to decide who slots in the midfield instead of Shaw – it could be Joey Pelupessy, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru or he could end up switching systems and going with just Barry Bannan and Sam Hutchinson in midfield.

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