Barry Bannan delighted to be back playing for Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has revealed his delight to be back playing football after missing a large period of the season.

The 28-year-old has been a frustrated figure on the sidelines this season due to suffering a long-term injury before new manager Jos Luhukay arrived at the club.

However, he has been back in the starting line-up recently and has helped the Owls win five of their last seven Championship games.

He said: “I am happy to be back playing. The team has won a lot of games recently, so it is a good place to be.

“I have still got a niggle after the Fulham game but I am back playing football again which is all I care about. The two games before Fulham probably came too close together after being out for so long.”

The Owls did have concerns over relegation a couple of weeks ago as they continued to slide down the league.

However, they now find themselves 15 points clear of the relegation zone with nothing left to play for.

Bannan found it difficult to recognise exactly what has changed.

He said: “I think we have just been playing well. I think the manager’s ideas have got across now to everybody. The change of formation took a while to get used to.”

The partnership of Bannan and Joel Pelupessy in central midfield has blossomed in recent weeks and Bannan feels that this did make his transition back into the team a lot easier.

He said: “It has been good. I think he is a very good player, even though we do not understand each other. He can win the ball back which makes my life a lot easier.”

The Owls return to league action this weekend as the travel to Molineux to take on champions Wolverhampton Wanderers.

To hear what Bannan had to say about helping the club’s younger players develop, watch our video below.

Sam Straw

Journalism Student at The University of Sheffield.

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