Sheffield Wednesday: Owls receive triple injury boost
Sheffield Wednesday trio Reece James, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and David Stockdale are all ‘back in contention’ to face Portsmouth this weekend.
The Lowdown: Big test for Wednesday
The Owls are on an incredible run of form at the moment, not suffering a defeat in League One since their 2-1 loss away to Plymouth Argyle back in early October.
Darren Moore’s side now sit top of the table by three points with a game in hand, as they edge towards what would be a much-needed return to the Championship.
On Saturday afternoon, Wednesday make the trip to Portsmouth for a potentially tough game but they have been boosted by some injury news leading up to the match.
The Latest: Owls given triple injury boost
Taking to Twitter, The Star‘s reliable journalist Joe Crann confirmed that James, Dele-Bashiru and Stockdale are all pushing to play a part this weekend after injury absences:
“Reece James, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and David Stockdale are all expected back in contention for the trip to Portsmouth, Marvin Johnson serves the last game of his suspension.”
The Verdict: Extra boost for Moore
Everything is going so smoothly for the Owls at present and the return of James, Dele-Bashiru and Stockdale just feels like an added bonus for Moore.
The former has been a reliable centre-back for Wednesday this season, averaging 2.1 tackles per game in the league, and his comeback will make rotation far easier in that area.
Meanwhile, Dele-Bashiru started the campaign on fire, scoring twice in the 3-3 draw with Pompey on the opening weekend, which could tempt Moore to give him minutes against the same opponent this weekend.
As for Stockdale, he will likely have to accept playing second fiddle to Cameron Dawson between the sticks for the rest of the season, considering the Owls’ current first-choice goalkeeper has kept seven clean sheets in his last nine league outings.