Owls wait on Bannan fitness ahead of Sunderland tie

Wednesday wait on the fitness of skipper Barry Bannan ahead of tomorrow night’s play-off semi final first leg at Sunderland.

Bannan pulled up after a tremendous late surging run from his own half against Portsmouth on Saturday and was immediately substituted.

Speaking at today’s press conference, ahead of training, Darren Moore said: “We’ll see how Barry is today. We’ve wrapped him up in cotton wool this week and we’ll see what he’s like.

“He’s still chirpy as he always is around the place but the proof will be training to see if the game has come too close or if he is fine.”

Wednesday have no other new injury concerns and we wait to see if Moore recalls Harlee Dean to the squad after his injury lay-off.

On the first leg, Moore said: “The stakes are high for both clubs and we know the size of the challenge. It’s a wonderful advert for League One football and I’m sure it will be a great encounter.

”I’m looking forward to it. All you can do is stay efficient and consistent with what we’re trying to do. We’re always looking to improve and that doesn’t change now we’re in the play-offs.”

Moore said Wednesday will be totally focussed on the first leg, rather than also having thoughts on the return game on Monday, and added: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the players, who will have dreamt about playing in games like this when they were younger. It’s why we are all in football really.

“It’s two in-form teams with in-form players going head-to-head. We have talented individuals, Sunderland have talented individuals and we are ready to play. It bodes well for a great game of football.”

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