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  1. Almen Abdi is still struggling to train on consecutive days, Carlos Carvalhal has revealed.The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder has endured a torrid time since arriving at Hillsborough last summer, lacking in both form and fitness. A long-standing knee injury continues to trouble the 30-year-old, restricting his time both on the pitch and the training ground. “He trains one day and then has to stop for two,” head coach Carvalhal explained. “He is not ready to play 90 minutes and he is still a player who is progressing. “He is in a very good way however.” Abdi played almost 70 minutes of last week’s Carabao Cup triumph over Chesterfield but was an unused substitute for Saturday’s clash with Queens Park Rangers. He impressed against the Spireites, as Carvalhal attested: “He was more near the Almen Abdi we have expected since last season.” After joining from Watford for a reported £4million last August, Abdi went on to make only 16 appearances – starting 11 games – scoring once. When asked if the Switzerland international will have a point to prove when he is finally available to play regularly, Carvalhal said: “When he joined us last season, he came down from the Premier League and expectations were high. “He had a really bad season. “But he is pushing and trying to get into the team. “He has a problem with his knee but he is going better and better.”
  2. Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has disagreed with Carlos Carvalhal over the head coach’s assertion that the heavy fixture schedule played a part in the Owls’ dropping points over the holidays.Disappointing performances against Preston North End and Wolves led to dropped points but, perhaps crucially, Wednesday stretched their unbeaten run to five games. Carvalhal believes the short turnaround in games were a contributing factor in the dour displays, stating It is not realistic to expect players to play at the top of their performance with two games in three days.” However, Bannan went against the argument put forward by his boss by claiming that the players can’t use the fixture list as an excuse for under-performing. “It is the same for everybody in the league,” said Bannan on the Football’s League schedule and whether the players had been feeling the effects. “Everybody has to do it. It is part and parcel of the league. It has not changed. “It has been the same for many years. It is nothing to do with playing two games in three days.” Bannan added: “We have been doing it for years now. I think if you can’t play two games in three days you shouldn’t really be playing football.”