Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Kirkland’s return almost KO’d by home fall

Chris Kirkland
Chris Kirkland

Chris Kirkland’s return to the Owls side looked to have been dealt a knockout blow after an accident at home two days prior to the FA Cup tie at Manchester City.

A simple domestic chore left the goalkeeper knocked out and requiring stitches to his forehead.

And he was a relieved man when passed fit to take the place of the injured Keiren Westwood at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

“I was taking the washing upstairs, tripped and knocked myself out,” Kirkland told the Star. “I’ve not played for a while and I wanted to help the team, so there was no way I was going to miss out.”

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Kirkland came through the City tie relatively unscathed after a rather quiet afternoon given all the possession the hosts had.

But Wednesday could now be facing a crisis at left back after Claude Dielna was withdrawn with a knee injury.

Joe Mattock is set to miss at least the next fortnight with a groin problem, leaving Jeremy Helan – who has largely operated in midfield recently – as the only recognised senior left back currently fit ahead of Saturday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.

Head coach Stuart Gray said: “Claude twisted his knee in the first half. He said he wanted to try it out in the second half. In the end, we had to make changes.

“We will need to see him to evaulate it.

“Joe has a grade one groin so it’s probably ten days to two weeks.”

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