Rolando Aarons remains a doubt for Sheffield Wednesday’s visit of Aston Villa on Saturday, according to The Star.
George Boyd replaced Aarons at Stoke last weekend, although Steve Bruce later expressed concern at the Owls’ lack of pace without the on-loan Newcastle winger.
So how could the Wednesday manager skate around the issue against his former club?
Here’s three possible options:
Give Marco Matias a go
The Portuguese winger has scored or made a goal every 275 league minutes this season (compared to Boyd’s ratio of none in 850), but has received far fewer opportunities under the Bruce regime. He’s certainly quicker than the 33-year-old, although questions remain of his defensive capabilities.
Re-position a full-back
Achraf Lazaar’s return to training increases Wednesday’s options, which incude playing him on the left of midfield. Alternatively, one of Liam Palmer and Dominic Iorfa could be moved to right-wing, shifting Adam Reach onto the opposite flank and Lazaar to left-back.
Unleash Gary Hooper and Steven Fletcher
The preference of several Owls fans on Twitter, who have retained fond memories of the pair’s previously prolific partnership. The problem is, they haven’t played together in more than 16 months (since December 2017 against Hull) and starting them both would surely result in Fernando Forestieri being pushed out wide – something Bruce is reportedly reluctant to do.