DAVID Wheater will play again this season, even though he will be sitting it out against Wolves this afternoon.

The big centre-half has seen only 18 minutes of action since returning from a cruciate knee ligament injury in February, but suffered a setback at the start of the week when he strained a calf muscle in training.

That saw him miss the 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town, but Dougie Freedman is confident he will be able to play a part in the run-in.

“It’s very disappointing for us because we were close to changing the shape of the team to accommodate him,” he said. “He’[ll be missing for the next two or three games now.

“It’s definitely not a season-ender and he’ll definitely still be in the mix when Craig Dawson goes back to West Brom.

“Him and Zat have been doing very well, so Wheats, Matt (Mills) and Tim (Ream) are unlucky really.

“I’m very fortunate to have five very good centre-halves at the moment.”