Carlos Carvalhal has revealed on Friday that he has half a dozen injured players at the minute.
However, he has refused to name who they are, in case it gives Rafa Benitez an advantage ahead of Monday night’s match.
Though not elaborating on the nature of the injuries either, Carlos Carvalhal says that he could have none of these injured players available against Newcastle, right up to having all ‘five or six’ of them back.
With a number of games in quick succession it is probably down to how much of a risk the Sheffield Wednesday boss is prepared to take.
A major advantage once again for Rafa Benitez with the size of the squad – the Newcastle Manager refusing to take chances with any player who could make an existing injury/knock worse.
Carlos Carvalhal insists that whatever team he puts out should be capable of getting a result at St James Park, although he does concede that Boxing Day is ‘probably the toughest game of the season’.
“I can’t tell you now if we will have all the players or not. We have some players who we are not sure about.
“I will not mention here because I don’t want to give information to our opponents (Newcastle United).
“We have probably five to six players who we are not sure will be available.
“We hope we can recover most, if not all of them, for Monday but at this moment we are not sure.
“Our team is more than just 11 players though.
“We have won games without important players in the past.
“We’re here to fight for the three points.
“When a player misses a game, I am concerned about all of the players, as I wish all of them could play.
“If a player is not available, we have a squad to give a good answer.
“We will have a good squad on Monday (at Newcastle) to fight for the three points.
“It’s probably the toughest game of the season but we have a team to discuss the three points.”