Why Sheffield Wednesday attacking pair were left out of friendly run out with Barnsley

Sheffield Wednesday’s preparations for the 2021/22 season were ramped up a touch at Barnsley’s Oakwell training facility yesterday.

Sunday, 18th July 2021, 12:00 pm

Against a much sterner Tykes opposition than in previous matches that included several first team Championship players, the Owls had the better of the first half but fell 2-0 to preventable goals, all the while getting important miles in their legs.

Two players that weren’t able to get the benefit were attacking pair Andre Green and Charles Hagan, both who have impressed during preseason so far.

Youngster Hagan signed a new contract with the Owls last month and has staked his claim for senior involvement this season, while Green scored the winner in the 1-0 win over Alfreton and will be hoping to press on this season after injury curtailed his first months in a Wednesday shirt.

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Sheffield Wednesday attacker Andre Green.

Asked why the pair were left out of the match, which also saw Josh Windass taken off as a precaution for a back spasm and Dominic Iorfa return to action for the first time since January, Owls boss Darren Moore said: “Charles’ injury was a bit muscular, real soreness, so again we didn’t want to take any chances with him.

“Andre just rolled his ankle a little bit, but we expect him to be back in training early next week.

“So there’s nothing too serious. I’ve pulled them out of it today because it’s pointless me letting them try and play on if there’s a bit of discomfort there.”

Wednesday’s preseason preparations continue with a trip to West Brom on Tuesday.