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James Crawley

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Posted Thursday, March 1st 2018

Baker 50/50 for Sheffield Wednesday clash

Nathan Baker faces a late fitness test to determine whether or not he will be included in the squad to face the Owls this weekend.

The defender pulled his hamstring in last weekend's defeat to Cardiff City. That came after he suffered minor concussion following an accidental kick to the head and he was sick at half-time.

The defender hasn't trained this week, as Lee Johnson's side prepare to take on Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Head coach Johnson has also revealed the latest on Famara Diédhiou (knee), Milan Djuric (groin) and Eros Pisano (hamstring).

Speaking to BCTV ahead of the Sky Bet Championship fixture, he said: "Baker hasn’t trained. He’s had a scan so we’ll have to see how he is. He’ll have a fitness scan on Friday so I would rate him as 50/50 [to play on Saturday].

"Diédhiou is alright. Sometimes the joint opens up if he’s tackled or hits a shot and it takes him 10/15 minutes to recover. This does happen with medial knee ligament injuries; in the cold they stiffen up.

"We have a few players which have been carrying things recently and I saw that in the Cardiff game. So I need to pick a team on Saturday that has that Fulham-like ability."

COLD SNAP HAMPERS RECOVERY

Johnson continued: "Eros has been training for ten days but the British weather has prevented him playing in the last two U23s games. They have been cancelled and we didn’t play him against Cheltenham (a behind-closed-doors friendly) in the week because it was played on synthetic fibre. We didn’t feel it was right.

"He came through 11v11 in training today. Milan is back in training though, as is Jens Hegeler (knee) so that’s a positive.

"Only Callum O’Dowda (ankle) and Matty Taylor (hernia) are left on the treatment table. These players are not at their peak yet but they never know, they could be coming on and scoring the winner in our last few games."

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