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Sheffield Wednesday: Owls to assess Keiren Westwood ahead of Stoke City clash

Sheffield Wednesday: Owls to assess Keiren Westwood ahead of Stoke City clash

Sheffield Wednesday are set to assess the fitness of Keiren Westwood ahead of their Championship fixture against Stoke City.

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The 34-year-old Irish goalkeeper has been struggling with an ankle injury, but he could return to the starting line-up (via swfc.co.uk).

Westwood has been the Owls regular number one this season, starting in 10 of their 12 Championship fixtures so far (via WhoScored).

He has kept three clean sheets in that time, with them coming against Luton Town, Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic respectively (via WhoScored).

However, the Republic of Ireland international was missing from the Sheffield Wednesday team as they drew 1-1 against Cardiff City on Friday (via BBC Sport).

Cameron Dawson, 24, deputised for Westwood, making his fifth appearance of the season in all competitions (via WhoScored).

But according to the official Sheffield Wednesday website, the club will assess Westwood’s fitness ahead of the game against Stoke, so he could return to the starting line-up.

Owls fans will be hopeful that Westwood is fit for this one. Whilst Dawson is a promising young goalkeeper, the Irishman is far more experienced at Championship level and he certainly does make a difference.

You only have to look back to last season to see the impact he makes on the team. Indeed, he managed to keep 11 clean sheets after breaking back into the team in December 2018 (Transfermarkt), significantly more than the three that the Owls had managed with Dawson in goal (Transfermarkt).

If fit, then Westwood will almost certainly start. But if he isn’t fully ready, then Garry Monk shouldn’t risk him given just how important the stats show him to be.

Who is the better coach, Garry Monk or Steve Bruce?

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Sheffield Wednesday fans, how good has Keiren Westwood been for you since he joined? Let us know in the comments below…

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