Sheffield Wednesday boss discusses whether Gary Hooper and Glenn Loovens will be available for Ipswich clash

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The pair missed the defeat to Bristol City at the weekend.

Carlos Carvalhal has hinted that Gary Hooper could be back for Sheffield Wednesday's clash with Ipswich Town this weekend after he missed the defeat to Bristol City, but admitted that Glenn Loovens' chances of returning were slimmer, the Sheffield Star reports.

The Owls' second top goalscorer picked up a foot injury during the recent win over Blackburn, but the Portuguese is hopeful that he will be back in training in the coming days.

"We will see in the next few days with Gary," he told the Star.

"We expected that Gary would recover but he didn't.

"I think he will start training in the next few days. It was a kick and he just feels pain. He hasn't broken anything. It is just a question of time. I think he will be okay."

Meanwhile, Loovens also missed the game against the Robins. And while Carvalhal suggested that the centre-back also hopes to get back on the training pitch this week, he claimed that his problem is a little more concerning than Hooper's.

"I think it will be easier for Gary to recover than Glenn," he added. "Glenn is a little more serious but he has talked with me and he has some expectations to start training this week."

If the pair are able to feature against the Tractor Boys, it will provide Wednesday with a major lift as they look to bounce back from their surprise loss.

The 4-1 defeat saw the side drop to sixth in the Championship and leave the door slightly open for the chasing pack to potentially put some pressure on during the final weeks of the season.

Loovens' return would surely provide the team with the organisation and confidence that they appeared to be lacking against Lee Johnson's men, while Hooper has scored 11 goals for the Owls despite only scoring his first goal in December so would undoubtedly bolster their attacking depth ahead of a game against one of those teams that are hoping to take Wednesday's spot in the top six.

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