Bywater back as Owls take on Reading?

Stephen Bywater is expected to return to action tonight when Wednesday take on Reading in their second pre-season friendly in Portugal.

Bywater and Nicky Weaver missed Sunday’s game with Sporting Lisbon through injury, local youngster Carlos Hernandes being drafted in to play in goal.

Meanwhile, keeper Chris Kirkland has returned to S6 and confirmed he is staying with the Owls. The close season signing asked for time off because of an undisclosed personal matter and missed the Portugal trip.

However, he has now pledged his future to Wednesday and will join up with the squad when they return from Portugal later this week.