Sheffield Wednesday Manager Offers Key Double Injury Update

Sheffield Wednesday boss Danny Rohl has admitted that he feels positive about the prospect of having both Di’Shon Bernard and Ian Poveda back in the team before the end of the season.

The Owls are fighting for their lives at the bottom end of the Championship and let a huge opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone go to waste at the weekend after Luke Cundle’s equaliser in the final quarter of an hour sealed a point for Stoke City at Hillsborough.

Nevertheless, Rohl’s men are not out of the survival race just yet as they remain just one point below the dotted line with three huge games coming up to close the season out against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, promotion-hopefuls West Bromwich Albion at home and Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

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The 34-year-old has done an admirable job in South Yorkshire since taking over from Xisco Munoz back in October, but this still may not be enough to guide Sheffield Wednesday to safety should they lose these last three matches of the campaign.

However, the Owls have been boosted in their survival chances as he has revealed his hopes of having both Bernard and Poveda back before the beginning of May when the season draws to a conclusion on Wearside.

Poveda has been absent from the first-team squad with a muscle injury and there were fears that he had played his last game for the club whilst on loan from Leeds United. Meanwhile, Bernard hasn’t featured in the team since the end of March.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Blackburn, Rohl also hinted that Bernard is closer to a return than Poveda [quotes via Sheffield Wednesday News]:

“Nearly the same squad. Nobody comes back at the moment.

“Hopefully he’s [Bernard] back before the end of the season. This is of course Di’Shon and Ian [Poveda]. We will see. Di’Shon, my hope is big. Day-to-day, we try to bring him on the grass, and Ian as well. Could be helpful to have both available.”

Writer’s View

This is huge for Sheffield Wednesday and a real boost to their hopes of climbing out of the dreaded drop zone, particularly the news that Bernard could return to the starting lineup, although this weekend’s trip to Lancashire may come a week too soon.

Staying in the Championship is going to be a massive ask for Rohl and his players with some tough games coming up but having one or two of their strongest players back in the squad will go a long way in their bid to remain as a second-tier side after a woeful start to the campaign.


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