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Darren Moore confirms Sheffield Wednesday still sweating on player’s Sunderland availability

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Sheffield Wednesday could yet be without Barry Bannan for the first-leg of their play-off semi-final with Sunderland tomorrow night. 

Bannan was forced off in the 82nd minute of last weekend’s win over Portsmouth, which secured Wednesday’s place in fourth and the League One play-offs.

However, Darren Moore has revealed to the press (@swfc) that he’s had to “look after” Bannan this week ahead of a huge clash with Sunderland.

Remaining non-committal on his selection, he revealed: “We’ll see how Baz is today, we are training later today. We have looked after him this week. This press conference is taking place before the training session so we’ll see how everything goes.”

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Bannan, 32, has been instrumental for Wednesday in their surge towards the play-offs, making 45 appearances in League One.

The Scot has returned nine goals and 12 assists from midfield and is widely regarded as the man that has the potential to manoeuvre the Owls through the play-offs and back into the Championship.

Sheffield Wednesday finished the League One season fourth and just a single point ahead of Sunderland in fifth.

Sunderland host the first-leg of their play-off semi-final tomorrow night at the Stadium of Light, with the return leg at Hillsborough on Monday.

The winner will play either MK Dons or Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley.

The Verdict 

It’s not like Moore is being coy here with Bannan, it’s just a case of the press conference coming before training.

Wednesday can’t afford to really be without Bannan for these two games, so you’d imagine he will be given every chance to prove his fitness before the Owls make their trip up to the North East.

As it is, Moore is still sweating on Bannan’s fitness, as will the Wednesday fanbase, who are desperate to make a swift return to the Championship.

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Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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