Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore is optimistic over Liam Palmer’s chances to feature against Shrewsbury Town this weekend.

The 31-year-old Scotsman has missed the Owls’ last three games since he played 90 minutes in a 4-2 win over Burton Albion at Hillsborough in October.

A first-half strike from Alex Mighten secured a crucial victory away at Accrington Stanley for promotion-chasing Wednesday, who sit third in the League One standings.

Darren Moore is still missing a host of key first-team figures but is expecting to recall Liam Palmer when Wednesday host Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

“We certainly hope Liam Palmer will be back from his illness. We will assess him this week,” said Moore after Wednesday’s win over Accrington, as quoted by The Star.

Moore will assess George Byers and Mallik Wilks ahead of the clash, with the pair enduring a frustrating set of spells on the sidelines respectively this season.

Sheffield Wednesday defender Liam Palmer (Image: Twitter – swfc)

The Owls manager added: “Wilks and Byers are both contact injuries. It is whether they can put their body weight through it; they were too sore today. We will assess them this week.”

Wednesday can extend their unbeaten run in the Championship to seven games should they avoid defeat against 14th-placed Shrewbury this weekend.