Sheffield Wednesday have been handed an injury blow ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup game against Mansfield, with Josh Windass seemingly absent from training.
The attacking midfielder has been one of the star performers in Darren Moore’s side so far this season but was forced off in last weekend’s win against Shrewsbury Town.
Sheffield Star reporter Joe Crann confirmed that the former Rangers man wasn’t seen in training after he confirmed on Instagram earlier this week that he could face a spell on the sidelines.
Windass wrote: “Got a little knock but all good just need a good rest.”
It seems likely therefore that the midfielder will be absent when the Owls host Mansfield on Saturday afternoon, which is undoubtedly a blow to their hopes of reaching the potentially money-spinning third round of the cup.
Only Barry Bannan has contributed to more goals than Windass so far this campaign, with the 28-year-old ranked as the sixth-best player in Moore’s side according to WhoScored.
Is losing Windass a big blow?
He was also one of the heroes for Wednesday in the first round as they earned a 2-0 win over Morecambe, with Windass’ screamer setting the Owls on their way to a 2-0 win.
Moore was full of praise for the Englishman after that game, saying:
“It was a wonderful strike from Josh for the goal. It was a piece of individual brilliance. We know Josh can do that.”
Fortunately for the Owls boss, he is blessed with a number of quality attacking options as potential replacements for Windass, with the likes of Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, Alex Mighten and Tyreeq Bakinson all capable of filling in for the 28-year-old in the attacking midfield spot.
The injury comes at a good time for Wednesday given that this weekend sees them take on lower league opposition in the cup, but Moore will be desperately hoping that Windass is back fit in time for their next league game against Derby County next weekend.