Fernando Forestieri: Sheffield Wednesday forward sorry for refusing to play

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri joined the Owls from Watford last summer

Fernando Forestieri has said it was "unprofessional and unacceptable" for him to refuse to play in Sheffield Wednesday's 0-0 draw at Norwich.

The 26-year-old missed Saturday's game amid speculation linking him with a move away from Hillsborough.

In a statement, Forestieri apologised to his team-mates, head coach Carlos Carvalhal and the club's supporters.

Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield that the former Italy Under-21 striker had been fined by the Championship club.

Forestieri, who scored 15 goals as Wednesday reached the play-off final last season, netted the winner in their season-opening victory over Aston Villa.

He said there had been "misunderstandings" between himself and the club which had now been resolved.

"I can only repeat that never once did I even consider leaving Sheffield Wednesday, and I am sorry if anyone ever thought that was the case," said Forestieri.

"If I could turn back the clock I would but I cannot. Sometimes in life you have to make mistakes so you can learn from them. All I can do is ask for forgiveness from everyone who has been so supportive towards myself and my family during my very happy time at Hillsborough so far."

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