Bannan back in starting line-up for Oxford game?

Skipper Barry Bannan is available for selection at home to Oxford tomorrow after his knee injury.

Darren Moore kept Bannan on the bench at Wigan in midweek as a precautionary measure but the Owls boss could well recall him to the starting line-up against Karl Robinson’s side.

If he does, then Moore has to decide whether to move Sam Hutchinson back into the defence following his midfield role in Bannan’s absence.

We go into the game in ninth place on 15 points, two away from the play-off positions, and looking for a third home league win from what will be four played at S6.

The team will wear black armbands as a mark of respect for former manager Len Ashurst and his coach Tony Toms, who both passed away recently.

Wednesday fans will also show their support for our former midfielder Jose Semedo in the sixth minute of the game – his shirt number at Hillsborough – following the tragic passing of his wife, Soraia.

Oxford, who are ahead of us on goal difference but having played a game more, could have ex-Owl Ben Thorniley in their squad but our former striker Sam Winnall is likely to miss out through illness.

It’s a first league meeting between the two sides at Hillsborough since our promotion-winning campaign of 1990-91, Oxford winning 2-0 in April in our only home defeat of a memorable season that saw us also lift the Rumbelows Cup.



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