Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal explains why Aiden McGeady was left out of squad entirely for Cardiff clash

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The 30-year-old was not even included on the bench for the crucial Championship game.

Carlos Carvalhal has explained that his desire to include plenty of defensive cover on the substitutes' bench was the reason that there was no place for Aiden McGeady in Sheffield Wednesday's matchday squad for their crucial Championship clash with Cardiff City on Saturday, the Sheffield Star reports.

The decision to bring Lucas Joao in for the winger on loan from Everton was the only change that the Owls made from the side that secured a draw with Derby County the week before they took on the Bluebirds.

But rather than hand McGeady a place on the bench, Carvalhal instead opted to leave the 30-year-old out of the entire squad for the game. But he claimed that the decision was simply a tactical one.

"You have to balance the bench. In this game, I wanted a full-back who could play on the left, a full-back on he right and a centre-back on the bench," he told the Star.

"I didn't want to take any risks in the game if I had to make a substitution like what happened with Daniel Pudil. I wanted two full-backs on the bench."

With Wednesday needing just a point against Cardiff to secure their play-off spot, Carvalhal could certainly be forgiven for deciding to pick several players who could fill in at the back if required rather than one that offered plenty of attacking intent.

Had the Owls lost the game, they would have gone into the final day of the season just one point clear of Russell Slade's side and in serious danger of missing out on the top six.

Nevertheless, the tactical snub arguably highlights how the former Celtic man's loan has not gone exactly according to plan. 

From his 12 appearances, he has scored just one goal and is yet to register an assist. And with the likes of Fernando Forestieri and Barry Bannan making contributions that has made it impossible for Carvalhal to justify dropping them, leaving McGeady out seemed like the only option that the Portuguese could take. 

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