Josh Windass is ruled out of tomorrow’s FA Cup second round tie with Mansfield at Hillsborough.
He limped off in the closing stages of Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Shrewsbury with what has now been confirmed as a groin strain and Darren Moore confirmed his absence when he spoke at today’s press conference, adding: “We will have a look at Josh next week and see how he is. We don’t think it is anything too serious.”
Moore says he will select his starting line-up against Mansfield from the 18-19 senior players available. Midfielder George Byers is still a week or two away from being ready to return, Cameron Dawson could start in goal and the manager may well give game time to some players who have not often figured in recent starting line-ups.
Division Two Mansfield, managed by Nigel Clough, go into the tie with just one win in their last six league games but will be backed by around 4,000 fans at Hillsborough.
Our last home FA Cup clash with the Stags came in the 1966-67 season when a bumper 49,000 crowd saw us win 4-0 in the fourth round, the goals coming from John Ritchie 2, Johnny Fantham and Jim McCalliog.
The most recent FA Cup tie between the clubs was at Field Mill in 1991, the Owls winning 2-0 in a third round match with John Sheridan and Peter Shirtliff on target.
If tomorrow’s game is drawn then the replay will be at Mansfield on Tuesday, December 6, kick off 7.45pm.
* The under-18s FA Youth Cup third round home tie with Barnsley has been arranged for next Wednesday, November 30, kick off 7pm.