Carlos Carvalhal speaks on Nuhiu fitness

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The 26-year-old has shrugged off a knee problem it seems.

Speaking to the club's official website, Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has revealed that Atdhe Nuhiu is fully fit for Friday's first-leg playoff semi-final at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 26-year-old suffered a knee injury in the 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the Championship season but, speaking to Wednesday's official website, Carvalhal announced that the Austrian, who has started 22 league games this season, is available.

“At the beginning of the week we had small problem with Nuhiu but now he is completely ready to the game and 100% fit," said the Portuguese manager.

The former Rapid Wien forward is unlikely to start, having struggled for first-team opportunities as of late, but his return is certainly welcoming given the type of player he is.

Nuhiu, who stands at 6'6, is a handy plan-b option to have on the bench in the event that Carvalhal's plan-a isn't working. Considering both sides previously played out 0-0 draws this season - neither of which Nuhiu started - it could be argued that both defences are more than a match for their respective attack.

Fernando Forestieri and Gary Hooper, who have 28 league goals between them, are likely to begin the clash, but Nuhiu could, and should, be introduced if things aren't going their way.

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