Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to tighten their grip on their playoff spot when they host fellow top-six side Reading at Hillsborough tomorrow night.
The Owls are one-point clear of Fulham, who missed out on the chance to leapfrog Carlos Carvalhal’s men after conceding a last-gasp equaliser to Blackburn in a 2-2 draw on Tuesday night.
Wednesday have found themselves in indifferent form of late, winning just one of their last five games, but they’ll be looking to re-ignite their promotion push when they take on Jaap Stam’s Royals under the Hillsborough lights, knowing a win will see them replace their opponents in fifth.
Carvalhal spoke to the press this afternoon at the club’s Middlewood Road training complex to confirm that defenders Tom Lees and Glenn Loovens will be available to play the game, but refused to speak on any of the side’s other injured players at the club, including star man Fernando Forestieri.
Speaking on the game, the Portuguese manager said: “We are completely focussed in the game and attacking the fifth position.”
“We’ve had one-week training, one week to be ready and we understand how Reading play. We are ready for the game tomorrow.”
The Portuguese manager also confirmed that he would not be contesting the FA charge he received after an incident following Vincent Sasso’s red card in the defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.
He told the media that the charge was in relation to stepping outside of his technical area, rather than complaining about the decision to send his player off.
The 51-year-old was only fined and will not serve a touchline ban.
He said: “I accept the fine and accept the decision of the referee also.”
“Next time maybe I must block my technical area and not go outside.”
Midfielder David Jones also spoke to the media.
He said: “They (the games) seem to be all big at the moment.”
“We’ll be looking to try and play as well as we can, get the crowd behind us and to get the three points.
“We’re not looking too far ahead – we know we’ve got nine massive games left to be able to make this a successful season, and we’re looking forward to it.”