The Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has attempted to clarify his recent absence from the squad on Twitter.
Westwood has failed to appear for the Owls since the end of November, after suffering a shoulder injury in the 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.
But, while the Irishman returned to the substitutes’ bench for December’s victories against Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, the Wednesday manager Garry Monk has since favoured Joe Wildsmith as Cameron Dawson’s understudy.
According to The Star, Westwood has been made to train with the Owls Under-23s, along with the midfielder Sam Hutchinson and defender David Bates.
And Monk told the same publication after Saturday’s defeat to Reading: “At the end of the day, I have been in changing rooms for 25 years and I know what a successful environment looks like.
“I have to make decisions for various reasons, that I think will help that environment, and that goes for the whole squad.
“What I will say is that every single player knows exactly where he stands.”
But with mental health awareness heightened in the wake of Caroline Flack’s death this weekend, Westwood has decided to speak out.
The 35-year-old posted the following message on Monday morning:
Being trolled online is never a nice experience. With the tragic events recently it’s given me the courage to speak out to put an end to the online abuse I’m receiving simply for doing my job. Clarity is important. Enough is enough. #MentalHealthAwareness #footballmentalhealth pic.twitter.com/41RhgG2mfF
— Keiren Westwood (@WestwoodKeiren) February 17, 2020
Dawson’s loss of form has coincided with that of Sheffield Wednesday on the whole, sparking calls from some fans for Westwood’s return.
Westwood signed a new two-year contract at Hillsborough last summer and is thought to be among the club’s highest earners.
Both the former Sunderland man and Hutchinson were also frozen out by Monk’s but-one predecessor Jos Luhukay.