Boyd in, Nuhiu out: Is this the Sheffield Wednesday XI to play Blackburn?

Sheffield Wednesday's manager Steve Bruce looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Macron Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Bolton,...

Sheffield Wednesday host Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough on Saturday.

12th August 2017, Sheffield, England ; EFL Championship league football Sheffield Wednesday versus Queens Park Rangers; Sheffield Wednesday's Sam Winnall takes a shot on goal

Steve Bruce has admitted that deciding whether or not to start Sam Winnall is the biggest dilemma he faces ahead of Blackburn Rovers' visit to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Winnall has made a positive impact in each of his last two substitute appearances, having previously been omitted from first-team contention to work on his fitness after spending the best part of a year on the sidelines.

And the popular 28-year-old would likely go straight into Bruce's side was fitness no issue. However, it was clear in the closing stages of Sheffield Wednesday's win at Bolton - when Winnall "couldn't put one leg in front of the other" according to his manager - that he remains far from peak condition.

 

So who could play instead?

Bruce started Atdhe Nuhiu alongside Steven Fletcher on Tuesday and although the Kosovan was heavily involved in the move that led to his partner opening the scoring, theirs was perhaps not the most convincing link-up, albeit in difficult conditions.

And if it is not to be Winnall or Nuhiu, the only real candidates are not proper strikers at all.

George Boyd of Sheffield Wednesday during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

George Boyd has featured regularly at number 10 in recent weeks, but has little to show for his manager's faith.

So perhaps it could be Marco Matias who gets the nod? The Portuguese enjoyed a strong first half to the season, but has only appeared twice under Bruce, who has repeatedly promised to give every player a chance.

This is how HITC Sport suspects Sheffield Wednesday could look against Blackburn...

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