Millwall visit Hillsborough tonight, to take on a Sheffield Wednesday side under mounting pressure after a series of bad results.
The Owls currently sit 16th in the Championship table, having failed to win since October 1st. They’ve lost twice this month – away to Derby and Bolton, but did pick up a point at the weekend at home to Barnsley.
Carlos Carvalhal appears to be under serious amounts of pressure to improve results, especially given the Yorkshire side got to the Play-Off semi-finals last season, and the Final the year before that.
Millwall aren’t faring much better than The Owls. They’re only above Wednesday on goal difference, in 15th. They’ve only won once in October, but did get an impressive draw at third-place Cardiff City on Saturday.
Wednesday are without former Chelsea midfielder Sam Hutchinson, after Carvalhal revealed this week he needs to have surgery on his knee. Left-back Daniel Pudil will also have a fitness test before the game.
Carlos Carvalhal said: “Daniel Pudil will do a scan today and then we will know.
“So it depends on the scan, if it is a small problem it will mean a few days, if it doesn’t show anything and was just a stretch of the muscle then he will be OK.
“Let’s see after the scan but it is nothing serious.”
On Hutchinson, Carvalhal said: ““He is a player that can support the pain which is why he is training and so on but he understands he is on the limit and decided with his doctor it will be better to remove this problem.
“It is not a complicated surgery and he will be out some weeks. We prefer him to be back 100%, rather than play and come outside or training one day and not training the next day.”
The visitors are without Byron Webster and Shaun Williams.
Sheffield Wednesday will be hoping they can overcome their current vein of bad form, with a visit to play-off challengers Aston Villa at the weekend. The likely partnership of Steven Fletcher and Gary Hooper could be essential if they are to get three points at home to their London rivals.