Xisco Munoz says Michael Smith missed Sheffield Wednesday’s game v Stockport County due to sickness.

Sheffield Wednesday hosted Stockport County in the opening round of the EFL Cup last night, and after a 1-1 draw salvaged in the final minute by a Tyreeq Bakinson goal, the Owls won on penalties.

There were a couple of absentees from the game last night – Mallik Wilks missed out through injury and Smith missed out due to sickness, as Munoz told The Star after full-time.

The Spaniard said:

“He arrived in prematch and he spoke with the doctor about his situation because he felt a bit sick, and me and the doctor decided that he wouldn’t stay in the squad today.”

Sheffield Wednesday return to league duties with a trip to Hull City on Saturday. And speaking on whether or not Smith could play a part in that game, Munoz said:

“We’ll see tomorrow if he’s good, I hope he’s ready to play against Hull. We wanted to play 4-4-2 and we worked all week on it… It was changed at the last moment.”

Smith ended last season as the Owls’ top scorer in both League One and in all competitions, with 17 and 21 goals respectively.

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Munoz looks to have a few different tactical ideas for Wednesday, and whilst 4-4-2 might be a bit of a blast from the past, it seems like a formation that could yet suit the players Wednesday have.

Smith is a very well-rounded striker and playing up top alongside someone like Ashley Fletcher or Lee Gregory, or maybe even a Wilks or an Anthony Musaba, could really give the Owls a promising front line.

It could take a few games for Munoz to figure out his favoured formation and his favoured attacking partnership, but Smith certainly looks set to play an important role this season and fans will be hoping he’s okay for the Hull City game this weekend.

Kick off is at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.