After missing out on securing all three points in their recent League One match against Wycombe Wanderers and the weekend with a 2-2 draw, Sheffield Wednesday have a Papa John’s Trophy clash next up in midweek against Hartlepool United.
Two players that did not feature in the league match against Wycombe that could miss the clash are George Byers and Liam Palmer.
Speaking after the draw on Saturday, Wednesday manager Darren Moore revealed that the duo missed the match through illness with no certainty that they will be available for the game against Hartlepool, which will surely leave a lot of Wednesday fans worried.
With the likes of Dominic Iorfa, Sam Hutchinson, Lewis Gibson, Dennis Adeniran and Marvin Johnson out injured at the moment, it’s safe to say that Moore will have his fingers crossed that Palmer and Byers will be fit enough to play against Hartlepool so he has enough options to pick his side and potentially rotate some players ahead of their next league game against Portsmouth.
With Byers only just having made his return to action after suffering a groin injury earlier in the season, it’s a shame that he had to miss the Wycombe encounter and possibly now the Pools clash when he would undoubtedly be wanting to get back out on the pitch as much as he can.
With Palmer, the fact that he has played the full 90 minutes in every league game for Wednesday prior to last weekend’s game as well as playing in a number of defensive positions in that time shows just how important, reliable and versatile he has been for the side and why he would be a big miss if he can’t play in midweek.
Looking ahead to the match against Hartlepool, the fact that it’s an illness issue rather than an injury problem that kept the duo out of the game at the weekend could give Moore hope that Byers and Palmer can recover in time to play a part in the cup game and help the side potentially make it through to the next stage of the competition before getting back to their push for promotion in the league.
However, with Hartlepool currently sitting in 17th place in the League Two table having lost their five previous league games, Wednesday should have enough to get past their midweek opponents.