Garry Monk has explained why he substituted Julian Börner midway through Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham City on Wednesday.
Börner failed to reappear after half-time, with the Owls captain Tom Lees his replacement.
The popular German – who missed Wednesday’s previous two home games through injury and illness – had earlier received his fifth booking of the campaign, ruling him out of Saturday’s trip to Charlton Athletic.
And asked afterwards if there is another issue with Börner’s fitness, Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield: “No.
“I just felt like him receiving the yellow and then being on that tightrope so early in the game, and then that thought process with Tom – obviously with Julian going to be suspended for the next game – to get Tom onto that pitch and get him used to being on the pitch again, and all that.
“A combination of all of those things was the reason why I made the substitution. ”
Sheffield Wednesday had enjoyed a dominant first half but fell behind within minutes of Börner’s removal, against the run of play.
The Owls continued to ask most of the questions, but could not find a winning goal after Kadeem Harris equalised in the 80th minute.
In total, Wednesday managed 24 shots (five on target) to Birmingham’s seven (two on target) and recorded 58 per cent possession.