Sheffield Wednesday: Owls poised to ring the changes

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

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Wednesday look set to make a number of changes to their starting line-up ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup clash with Fulham.

Senior players, including Ross Wallace and Fernando Forestieri, could be rested while loanee Gary Hooper will be forced to sit-out the tie unless his parent club Norwich City grant him permission to play.

After facing Fulham, Wednesday round off a busy week by welcoming cash-strapped Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United to Hillsborough.

Owls chief Carlos Carvalhal, who has confirmed Marco Matias and Sergiu Bus have both returned to full training, has stressed the importance of efficiently managing his squad.

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“I played football a long time,” he stated. “I recovered really well but not everybody is like me.

“The reality is people are different. Not everyone can play. It depends on the players.

“There are players who recover well and there are others who don’t recover as fast.

“If you look at how Kieran Lee and Barry Bannan played against Middlesbrough after just a day’s rest, they did well.

“Atdhe Nuhiu, for example, couldn’t play on the Saturday and then against Boro. It is more difficult for him to recover.

“All the time we choose our best players to play. We can’t put a player in who is tired or someone who has a small pain. We understand the players and how they are doing.”

There is one match where the Portuguese head coach wishes he had rotated his squad.

“I played the same team against Charlton when my feeling was I should move players because we had a lot of games,” he said. “I didn’t follow my feelings at that moment.

“We were playing very well so I insisted on playing the same team and we lost the game but 99 per cent of the games I pick the players who are available and that are better to play.”