Injury updates for Stoke trip … Rohl speaks on transfer window

Danny Rohl had both good and and bad news on the injury front when he held his pre-match press conference for the trip to Stoke on Saturday.

Striker Michael Smith is available for the squad after his muscle injury but Dominic Iorfa looks certain to be ruled out after being forced off with what looked like a hamstring problem in the opening minutes against Blackburn last Saturday.

Rohl said: “With Michael Smith he looks well, he trained this whole week with the team.”

On Iorfa he commented: “We have to look, but it looks not so good. We’ll see the results of some scans and then we’ll see what we can do and when he is available again.”

Wednesday go into the Stoke challenge on the back of taking four points from our last two games and looking to win back-to-back fixtures for the first time this season, while Stoke have failed to win in their last five matches.

We still sit bottom of the table on 10 points and 10 from safety but a win at Stoke and defeat for Rotherham at home to Swansea would move us above the Millers on goal difference.

Following the appointment of Kevin Beadell as Head of Recruitment and the upcoming January transfer window, Rohl said: “I have made clear a list of what I want to do in the market and this is a normal process. It is not an idea from just one day, they are ideas from a process from me and my coaching staff, we sit together and always have meetings every week.

“You see some players that may not have been first on the list and they have made a step in the right direction. It is about supporting them and keeping them.

“But there are others that are a little bit far away. You have to be honest with those players. We have to look what we can do from both sides. It is important I see the human behind the player.”

Commenting on reports that Wednesday are prepared to pay as much as £30,000-a-week for a striker, the manager said: “The first question is not about the money or the salary, it’s about choosing the right player for us. If we say yes, then we look to the terms. This is the way.

“Sometimes you need a good player in a key position and this costs money but  I am also looking for young players to come in so I can improve them.”



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