Sheffield Wednesday lost 1-0 at home to Ipswich Town yesterday, with captain Barry Bannan missing from the game.

After the opening six games of the season, Sheffield Wednesday still have just the one point on the board.

It was another poor performance from Xisco Munoz’s side who failed to test the Ipswich goalkeeper, with Devis Vasquez in the Wednesday goal preventing the scoreline from being much higher.

Bannan was a notable absentee from the game. His exclusion from the squad was an unexpected one and after the game, Munoz gave this update on the 33-year-old:

“Something happened and he has an injury. I don’t know exactly (what is injured) so we will check.”

Wednesday host fellow strugglers Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. When asked if Bannan could feature in that game, Munoz said:

“Maybe. If he can play, you know what I think of him. He’s an important player and one of those who gives something different.”

Bannan had started every game for Wednesday this season before yesterday. But the Scot was forced off at half-time with an ankle injury when Wednesday lost to Hull City last month; whether Bannan is suffering from the same injury remains to be seen.

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Bad to worse for under-fire Munoz

It’s really not looking good for Wednesday and Munoz right now.

Yesterday’s performance was another lacklustre one with the Owls offering very little in attack, despite having their share of possession.

Bannan’s absence was evident with Wednesday lacking any kind of creativity in the middle of the pitch, with Jeff Hendrick and John Buckley giving mild accounts of themsleves in their respective debuts for the club.

Whether or not Bannan makes a return to the side in midweek remains to be seen; Munoz won’t rush Bannan back into action with the midfielder having had injury scares already this season.

Wednesday v Middlesbrough kicks off at 8pm on Tuesday.

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