Predicted Sheffield Wednesday line-up to face Barnsley: Nielsen drafted in from U23s as injury crisis worsens

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading on January 26, 2018 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Sheffield Wednesday are likely to have 14 first team players missing for Saturday's trip to Barnsley.

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading on January 26, 2018 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Sheffield Wednesday are likely to have 14 first team players missing for Saturday's trip to Barnsley, Owls manager Jos Luhukay revealed to the BBC at a press conference on Thursday.

Marco Matias [knee] is the latest Wednesday man set for a spell on the sidelines, while Glenn Loovens and Jacob Butterfield both missed training this week.

With Daniel Pudil suspended and no sign of the 10 others - bar Tom Lees, who is expected to play for Wednesday's development squad next week - who have missed much of the past month or more, Luhukay hinted that at least one of the Owls' Under-23 side which beat Sheffield United on Monday could start at Oakwell.

Frederico Venâncio of Sheffield Wednesday wins a header during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Sheffield Wednesday and Carlisle United at Hillsborough on January 16,...

Of those, Frederik Nielsen, Connor O'Grady and Sean Clare have already appeared for the Dutchman's first team, while Ash Baker, Jack Stobbs and Preslav Borukov impressed at Bramall Lane.

With Wednesday especially short at centre-back, however - Pudil, Lees, Glenn Loovens, Joost van Aken and Sam Hutchinson are all unavailable in that position - it is likely that either Nielsen or O'Grady will emerge as Luhukay's mystery man.

Here's how HITC Sport expects Sheffield Wednesday to look at Barnsley:

SWFC, Dingles

Who else is missing?

Barry Bannan is not yet ready to return for the Owls, while Kieran Lee, Fernando Forestieri and Steven Fletcher - who is expected to miss the rest of the season - are all long-term absentees.

None of Keiren Westwood, Gary Hooper, Almen Abdi, Hutchinson or Van Aken were discussed in Luhukay's BBC interview.

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