Owls star ruled out of Rovers clash

Barry Bannan
Barry Bannan

Sheffield Wednesday will be without the services of midfielder Barry Bannan when they lock horns with Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

Bannan, who has been instrumental in the Owls’ midfield this season, has yet to shake off a knee problem he sustained at Charlton Athletic before the third international break.

Speaking at his press briefing today, Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal said: “Barry [Bannan] is back running on the pitch but he is not 100 per cent.

“He is not ready for this game.”

Carvalhal also confirmed Saturday’s clash at Ewood Park will come too soon for central defender Michael Turner.

He said: “Michael [Turner] is very near to coming back and so is Barry. They will be back soon. It is a question of a few days.”

Marco Matias is still receiving treatment following hernia surgery, but Alex Lopez and Modou Sougou are pushing for first-team recalls.

Wednesday have a couple of other knocks but Carvalhal remained tight-lipped over his personnel.

“We have some small problems but I don’t want to talk about names,” he said. “We don’t want to take any risks with players who have small problems.

“We prefer everyone to be one hundred per cent and be fighting than a player who has a kind of limitation so we don’t take any risks.”

Wednesday head to Lancashire on the back of just one defeat in their last 13 matches.

Carvalhal said: “It is the second game we play against a side who have changed their coach and that changes their psychological moment.

“It is not easy for opponents to play against these sides but we did very well against Huddersfield, especially in the second half.

“We are ready to play and know how Blackburn play. We have prepared our team for the problems Blackburn will give us.”

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