Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed that Joe Wildsmith ‘remains sidelined’ and is working on his fitness. The 23-year-old has been out of action with a cruciate ligament injury and hasn’t played a single minute of football in 2019/20 as a result.
Wildsmith damaged his knee during pre-season and has been working hard on his recovery. The English goalkeeper returned to full training two weeks ago, so he’s making good progress. It’s been a long time since fans saw him out on the pitch – Wildsmith’s last Wednesday appearance came against Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 28, 2018.
The 23-year-old was once a regular for the Owls. In 2017/18, he made 29 appearances in all competitions, keeping eight clean sheets. Wildsmith fell down the pecking order the following season, however, playing second fiddle to Cameron Dawson, but he was still a trusted No.2 until 2019.
He’s now behind Kieren Westwood and Dawson under Garry Monk, so time will tell if he can get himself back in favour when fit, or if he’s considering a move away from Hillsborough for more opportunities.
Should Joe Wildsmith stay at Sheffield Wednesday?
Westwood has conceded only 14 goals from 14 games this season, keeping four clean sheets, so he’s unlikely to lose his place.