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Pelupessy in, captain out: Jos Luhukay must start this Sheffield Wednesday XI against Cardiff tomorrow

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New Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay will take charge of his first Championship game at Hillsborough tomorrow evening when the Owls welcome high-flying Cardiff City.

The former Gladbach manager has enjoyed a positive start to life in England, after his ten-man side battled for a point in the Steel City derby last week and beat Carlisle in the FA Cup.

However, the injury crisis that has hit the squad remains, with several key first-team players still out such as; Kieran Westwood, Tom Lees, Barry Bannan, Kieran Lee and Fernando Forestieri among others.

Therefore, he will have a clear starting XI in mind for tomorrow and will also be without skipper Glenn Loovens who completes his suspension following a red card against the Blades.

Joe Wildsmith will continue in goal and Luhukay is sure to continue with the 3-5-2 that has brought early success.

That means Daniel Pudil will be the left-sided centre-back after his man of the match performance in the derby, with Frederico Venancio alongside him.

Given Looven’s absence means the final centre-back call is tough and will likely go to a youngster. Both Connor O’Grady and Frederic Nielsen played, and impressed, in the cup win but O’Grady’s extra experience should get him the nod.

The arrival of Joey Pelupessy gives more room for change in midfield and he is sure to start alongside Dave Jones and Ross Wallace.

That means Adam Reach can switch from the central role he occupied against Sheffield United to left wing-back. The former Boro man offers a much bigger threat going forward than Morgan Fox which could come into consideration for the home game, whilst Liam Palmer will continue as the right wing-back.

Up front, the goal scoring performances of Marco Matias and Atdhe Nuhiu will have given the boss food for thought, but Jordan Rhodes and Lucas Joao did reasonably well against the Blades and deserve a chance at home.

Thoughts, Wednesday fans? What would your XI be? Let us know in the comments below.


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