Sheffield Wednesday: Midfield ace walking disciplinary tightrope

Barry Bannan will have to tread carefully in Sheffield Wednesday's away double-header with Ipswich Town and Reading this week.

Tuesday, 21st November 2017, 2:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 11:45 am

The workaholic midfielder has been cautioned four times this season and is just a booking away from triggering an automatic one-match suspension.

Bannan, a former Aston Villa trainee, received his yellow cards in the Owls’ defeats to Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup, Sheffield United and Derby County.

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The Scotland international, who has started every single match during the 2017/18 campaign and been Wednesday’s standout performer, has stayed out of trouble in the last four matches, avoiding bookings against Barnsley, Millwall, Villa and Bristol City.

If the 27-year-old is to not incur a ban, he will have to be on his best behaviour when the Owls take on Ipswich at Portman Road tomorrow night and for the trip to Reading this Saturday.

The cut-off point for five yellow cards is November 30. After that, players will then have to build a 10 booking tally for a suspension.