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Sheffield Wednesday: Callum Paterson could miss Portsmouth clash

Sheffield Wednesday: Callum Paterson could miss Portsmouth clash -League One News

Sheffield Wednesday utility man Callum Paterson is an injury doubt for the Owls’ League One opener against Portsmouth, as journalist Dom Howson provides the latest team news on Saturday morning.

The Lowdown: Owls begin new season

Darren Moore’s side host Pompey on Saturday afternoon as they look to secure promotion back to the Championship in 2022/23 after last season’s heartbreak.

Wednesday are undoubtedly one of the favourites to finish top of the table, with a productive summer transfer window only making their squad look more full of depth and quality.

Ahead of the Pompey game however, one player could miss out through injury.

The Latest: Paterson an injury doubt

Taking to Twitter early on Saturday, Howson confirmed that the 27-year-old Paterson is the only individual who is a fitness doubt after Moore hinted as much in his pre-match press conference:

“Expecting there to be a crowd of around 26,000 at Hillsborough today. Callum Paterson is Wednesday’s only injury concern. Darren Moore has got a strong-looking squad to select from v Portsmouth.”

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WHO IS THE PLAYER?

The Verdict: No massive blow

Paterson has been a stalwart for Wednesday, showcasing his versatility by shining in defence, as a wing-back and in attack, but he should no longer be considered a key starter.

Will Sheffield Wednesday earn promotion?

Yes, of course!

Yes, of course!

No, not good enough!

No, not good enough!

That’s not to say that the Scot doesn’t still have a key role to play in 2022/23 but there are simply better options now, especially following the arrivals of the likes of Ben Heneghen and Michael Smith.

The hope is that Paterson still passes a late fitness test, however, potentially coming on as an impact substitute and making his mark in front of a packed Hillsborough.


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