Wednesday boss Carvalhal optimistic ahead of busy December fixture list

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal says he wants his players to show a “big heart and a big soul” when they play Reading on Saturday.

After playing just three times in November, Wednesday have five fixtures in 22 days starting at the Madejski Stadium.

Carvalhal said he was looking forward to the busy fixture list.

Football matches were “like a drug,” he said.

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“When people take drugs, they miss the drug, you need the games, you miss the games, you miss that emotion.”

Building up momentum was “a question of soul, a question of feeling, a question of heart,” he said.

Forestieri was sent off during the Owls’ victory over Preston last weekend, and will miss the games against Reading, Barnsley and Rotherham.

Asked about possible additions to the squad in January, Carvalhal said he was not thinking about the transfer window yet.

He said everyone was training well, but praised Saturday’s opponents, Reading.

Carvalhal said Wednesday did not appeal the three-match ban given to Fernando Forestieri because they were worried the suspension would be increased to four games.

“They like the ball, they score a lot of goals,” he said.

Carvalhal said everyone in the Wednesday squad was training very well, and playing better than this time last season.

“We try all the time to improve the team,” he said.

Wednesday are currently sixth, a point ahead of Norwich and Huddersfield and eight points behind the automatic promotion places.