Sheffield Wednesday: Wickham blow for Owls

Connor Wickham is back in the Sunderland squad
Connor Wickham is back in the Sunderland squad

Wednesday’s hopes of bringing Connor Wickham back when the loan market opens on Friday are set to be dashed by Sunderland.

Manager Gus Poyet has revealed that an injury to striker Steven Fletcher is worse than first feared and Wickham is needed by the Black Cats.

“It probably makes it more likely that Connor will stay for longer,” said Poyet.

“Connor has got plenty of admirers, you can’t imagine how many. But he wasn’t going anywhere on loan before the transfer deadline.

“He’s part of the squad and he’s done very well at Sheffield. That’s why he’s got so many options.

“But at the same time, he’s our player. He’s been on the bench for the last two games and he would have come on against Stoke, if Phil Bardsley hadn’t got injured, which changed my plans.

“The decision at the moment is that he’s our player and we need him here.”

Wickham was an unused sub in Sunderland’s 1-0 win against Stoke last Wednesday and their 3-0 victory at Newcastle on Saturday.

Fletcher missed the derby with an Achilles tendon injury that has niggled him for weeks and may now need surgery.