Tony Pulis will be hoping for his first victory as Sheffield Wednesday boss when his side host Barnsley in another Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.
Wednesday were comfortably beaten at Huddersfield Town in midweek, and after Derby’s recent revival under Wayne Rooney, have slipped to the bottom of the Championship standings.
Ahead of the game in S6, the Owls are currently four points from safety, and will be up against a Barnsley side that are in excellent form themselves.
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Sheffield Wednesday already have a long injury list – with Keiren Westwood, Aden Flint, Chey Dunkley and on-loan Derby County striker, Jack Marriott, all unavailable, according to WhoScored.
And defender Julian Borner, 29, could be added to that list of absentees after he was forced off in the first-half of the defeat at Huddersfield after suffering an injury to his face.
Pulis provided an update on the fitness of the German, who doesn’t appear likely to be fit in time to feature against the Tykes tomorrow.
“There is no fracture there,” the Owls boss told Yorkshire Live. “It’s just a case of seeing how he is. He didn’t train yesterday. We can’t force the boy to play. We will see how he feels.”
Whilst Wednesday have an adequate replacement in Liam Palmer to stand in for Borner if he isn’t deemed fit enough to play, it’s another added distraction that Pulis simply doesn’t need right now.
On a more positive news, the fact the defender didn’t suffer any fracture would suggest that if he doesn’t play against Barnsley, he’ll quickly become available for Wednesday – whether that’s at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday or the Coventry game the following Saturday.