‘Important’ double injury boost as Sheffield Wednesday prepare for final dart at survival
Two first team players could make it back for the final throes of Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship survival effort in what could be an ‘important’ boost for the Owls.
That’s according to Owls manager Darren Moore, who speaking after their 2-0 defeat to Swansea City suggested Joost van Aken and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru had overcome their injuries in what was now a case of having to build up their fitness before being thrown into contention.
At different stages of the season, former Manchester City youngster Dele-Bashiru has been used more and less sparingly by the carousel of managers Wednesday have had this season.
But Dutch defender van Aken was more or less an ever-present under both Garry Monk and Tony Pulis, save for suspension, until he played his last match in the 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Blackburn.
The pair both played in Wednesday under-23s’ 4-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic on Monday.
“They’re fine and it’s now about getting those boys some volume to their game,” Moore said on their progress. “They’ve been out for a little while and they’re getting volume to their training and some game time.
“They both got 60 or 70 minutes in their legs, which is great for them, and if they continue in the same vein they we’ll have an extra couple of bodies which is important, especially with all these games coming thick and fast every couple of days.”
Wednesday are one of the majority of EFL clubs to have been decimated by injuries this season. Earlier this month Moore effectively ruled Moses Odubajo, Cameron Dawson and Massimo Luongo out of action for the rest of the campaign.