Sheffield Wednesday: Owls face midfield poser as Bannan’s appeal fails

Barry Bannan
Barry Bannan

Star midfielder Barry Bannan will be banned for three matches after the Football Association rejected the Owls’ appeal yesterday.

The Scotland international was sent off by referee Graham Scott for a challenge on his former Aston Villa teammate Eric Lichaj in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Bannan, who has been a revelation since arriving on a free-transfer from Crystal Palace last August, will now sit-out matches against Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers. He will next be available for selection for the Owls’ trip to Bristol City on April 9.

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A statement on the FA website read: “A claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Barry Bannan has been rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”

With Bannan ruled out, Wednesday will be hoping Sam Hutchinson makes a speedy return to action. The utility player has yet to shake off an illness which he picked up before the trip to the City Ground. Hutchinson has so far not taken part in training this week.

Should Hutchinson fail to recover from his illness in time to face second-from-bottom Charlton Athletic on Saturday, Alex Lopez and Lewis McGugan will be in contention for a central midfield berth.

Meanwhile, the Owls have sold-out their near 4,000 ticket allocation for the trip to Huddersfield next month.

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