May backs Owls to deal with injury concerns

Stevie May celebrates his second half goal against Fulham
Stevie May celebrates his second half goal against Fulham
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Stevie May is confident Sheffield Wednesday possess the strength in depth to cope without a number of first-team players as they prepare to take on play-off hopefuls Wolves.

Right-back Liam Palmer and striker Will Keane have joined the Owls’ growing injury list, with the duo taken off during the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 home draw to Fulham after sustaining ankle problems.

Wednesday are awaiting scan results on Palmer and Keane but there are fears the pair could face lengthy spells on the sidelines. The duo’s knocks prompted the Owls to recall forward Caolan Lavery from his loan spell at Chesterfield yesterday.

Wednesday are already missing skipper Glenn Loovens (ankle), Kamil Zayatte (hamstring), Jose Semedo (foot) and striker Sergiu Bus (groin) as they chase a third consecutive win away from Hillsborough at eighth-placed Wolves tomorrow.

May, who claimed his seventh goal of the season last weekend, told The Star: “You never want to see people get injured but it always happens in football. I’ve been at a lot of clubs where that has happened.

“I don’t know how serious Liam and Will’s injuries are but I wish them speedy recoveries. We’ve just got to carry on.

“We have got a lot of good players waiting to play on the bench. We have good strength in depth. We have a lot still to play for this season.”

It has been a frustrating season for May. The 22-year-old has struggled to find the back of the net on a consistent basis, hitting just seven goals in 35 appearances. His strike against Fulham was his first at home since the end of November.

“I thought I did well when I came on against Fulham in getting the goal,” he said. “It was just disappointing we didn’t get the three points as that would have made it sweeter.

“I feel I could have scored a lot more this season but you’ve just got to keep working hard. I always knew the Championship was going to be a little bit of a step-up.

We have got a lot of good players waiting to play on the bench.

Stevie May

“You go through spells where everything goes in but you can also go through spells where it’s the reverse.

“If you are not playing, you’ve got to keep working hard, be positive and do as well as you can in training and, when you come off the bench, try and make an impact.

“My focus now is to get back in the starting line-up and if I can come off the bench and score like I have done a couple of times now, then I’m on the right lines.”

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