Sheffield Wednesday are not yet ready to welcome Keiren Westwood and Chey Dunkley back into the first-team following their respective injury issues.
Westwood has missed Wednesday’s last two outings with a groin injury, which has halted his return to the side following the appointment of new boss, Tony Pulis.
Joe Wildsmith has been good on his return to the side, keeping a clean sheet against Stoke City on Saturday.
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He’s been aided by some improved defensive performances, though, which have come without the presence of Dunkley.
The summer signing is yet to feature for Wednesday, as he recovers from a double leg break that he picked up with former club, Wigan Athletic.
Dunkley has, naturally, made some big strides to returning, but according to Pulis he is still a few weeks to go before he’s in contention. That’s the same for Westwood too.
As per Yorkshire Live, Pulis said: “We need everyone at the moment.
“We are desperate to get Chey fit as well. That will give us more options. It’s going to be another two or three weeks (before he can play). The turn of the year hopefully, fingers crossed, he’s up and running.
“He (Westwood) will most probably be another two weeks.”
Wednesday took another giant leap in the right direction last night, with Pulis overseeing a 1-1 draw with Reading at Hillsborough.
Callum Paterson gave his side the lead, but a Liam Shaw red card on the half-hour meant it was backs against the wall for large parts of the remaining hour. Lucas Joao struck for Reading, but Wednesday held on for a 1-1 draw.
Dunkley’s return will be a big boost for Wednesday.
He’s a centre-back with a lot of experience and his form at Wigan last season was very good. You can certainly see how he might improve the make-up of the Owls’ defence.
In terms of Westwood, he’s clearly going to be Pulis’ No.1, but in Joe Wildsmith, there’s a goalkeeper there that can really offer strong cover.
He’s doing that at the minute, which does ease the pressure on Wednesday getting Westwood fit.
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