Injury crisis adds to Wednesday's worries

Last updated : 30 January 2008 By Chris Morris

Losing to a last minute goal as Wednesday did at Wolves last night is hard enough to take as it is but to add salt to the wound the Owls now go into a busy period of games with yet more players needing to spend time on the treatment table.

Akpo Sodje was stretchered off after little more than an hour of the 2-1 defeat on Tuesday evening and is likely to be out for around a month. The striker has been a key figure in a large proportion of the Owls victories this season and when he last spent time on the treatment table the form of the team clearly suffered as a result.

With Francis Jeffers not yet close to a return to fitness that leaves Wednesday with two fit strikers in Marcus Tudgay and Deon Burton.

Leon Clarke is struggling with a cartilage problem and was expected to undergo surgery which would have put him out for around a month as well.

This treatment is now believed to have been postponed and Clarke may be asked to play through the pain if needs must but this is hardly an ideal situation and Owls manager Brian Laws will hope that the club can provide him with some funds to find a striker in the short time that remains in the January transfer window.