Sheffield Wednesday defender Joe Bennett has described Fernando Forestieri's mood in the dressing room following his red card against Hull last week, and claimed that the controversial dismissal may now cost the Owls in their promotion push, the Sheffield Star reports.
The 26-year-old was shown a second yellow card in the closing moments of the game against the Tigers after the referee decided that he had dived following a challenge from Michael Dawson. However, replays showed that the Italian was tripped by the centre-back.
With the sending off being Forestieri's second in as many games, he is now set to miss the encounters with Rotherham and Brighton. And Bennett explained that the former Watford man was left devastated by the decision, and discussed the impact that his absence from the next two games will have on the side.
"Fernando was quiet and disappointed in the dressing room after the Hull game. All the team were gutted for him," he told the Star.
"He is an unbelievable player and we need him.
"It is a big blow for us that Fernando is going to miss the next two games because he is one of our best players and brings something different to our team. He has been doing well so that could cost us."
Equally frustrating as the decision itself is the fact that because Forestieri picked up two yellows rather than a straight red, he will be unable to appeal the decision so will have no choice but to watch from the sidelines over the next week.
And while Carlos Carvalhal has plenty of options to turn to in the attacking areas of the field, he will no doubt have wanted to have had his top goalscorer available for the clash against Brighton especially.
The two sides both occupy a play-off spot currently, but with Wednesday's place looking a lot more precarious, he would have wanted to have had his best players available.