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Is this the reason Sheffield Wednesday haven't been playing Sam Winnall?

Sam Winnall played his first competitive game of football in exactly a month as Sheffield Wednesday’s Under-23s beat Leeds United on Tuesday.

Winnall recently returned from a two-month lay-off – which proceeded another of eight – and appeared as a substitute in four first-team fixtures while Lucas Joao and Fernando Forestieri were absent.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 29: WBA defender Kyle Bartley (l) outjumps Wednesday player Sam Winnall during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday at The Hawthorns on December 29, 2018 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

But the 28-year-old dropped out of the picture upon the pair’s return. And, after the cold weather saw two of Wednesday’s development squad matches postponed back-to-back, his chance to stake a claim was also put on hold.

Many Owls fans have questioned Winnall’s recent omission, with some of those insistent he would be better option than Atdhe Nuhiu, or even Steven Fletcher, in Steve Bruce’s matchday 18.

But a line in Leeds Live’s blog of today’s U23 encounter at Middlewood Road [shown within the following tweet] appears to suggest the overlooking of Winnall is not down to his ability, nor is it anything personal.

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