Sheffield Wednesday return to Championship action this weekend when they make the trip to Stoke City, looking to continue manager Steve Bruce’s unbeaten run since he took over at Hillsborough at the beginning of February as the Owls make a late charge for the play-offs.
Amongst the selection decisions that Bruce needs to make, one of the most crucial is whether to include striker Fernando Forestieri, who today is in court to faces charges regarding a post match brawl in a friendly last summer at Mansfield Town, as reported in the Star.
The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty to racially aggravated harassment and a further charge of using threatening words and behaviour.
So against this back-drop, should Forestieri start this weekend?
“If he’s anywhere near fit then I would.
“Losing Fletcher is a massive blow for the Owls and reshaping their attack is something they might have to do.
“Forestieri adds a different dimension.”
“He brings goals, flair, and fire to the team.
“Wednesday need wins and his goals can certainly help in doing so.”
“I don’t think so.
“Bruce seems to have a good thing going with the side he has played for the last few weeks so changing it now seems a bit reckless.
“Let the Italian come off the bench and prove himself.”
“I think it is a tough call for Bruce, but looking at their recent results, he does not need to.
“Wednesday’s players have had time off over the international break to recover and re-energise themselves.
“Therefore, Bruce should keep the same team and re-introduce Forestieri into the side off the bench.
“That is the most logical option for me.”