Sheffield Wednesday want Sunderland’s Connor Wickham back

Connor Wickham.

Connor Wickham.

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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY manager Stuart Gray still retains hope of bringing Sunderland striker Connor Wickham back to the club.

Wickham had been instrumental in Wednesday’s resurgence under Gray, scoring eight goals in his 11 appearances having returned to Hillsborough for a second temporary stay in November.

The 20-year-old England Under-21 international was recalled one week early by Sunderland boss Gus Poyet due to injuries at the Stadium of Light, but Gray has not ruled out a third spell with the Owls for Wickham.

“I had a conversation with Gus and he said the boy (Steven) Fletcher has tweaked his Achilles, so he is going to keep Connor for the next two or three weeks, so we will see how it develops,” said Gray.

“At this moment we desperately want to bring him back but we have to look at other options to strengthen that area.

“He wants to come back, we definitely want him to come back. We will keep the door open but will look at other options as well.”

QPR’s promotion hopes have been dealt another blow with the news winger Matty Phillips could miss the rest of the season.

Phillips suffered an ankle injury just one minute into last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Burnley and joins right-back Danny Simpson and striker Charlie Austin on the sidelines.

“Matty’s struggling, he’s got a few problems with his ankle,” said manager Harry Redknapp.

“I think it’s quite long term. You’d hope to get him back before the end of the season but whether we will I’m not sure. It’s a nasty injury.”

Top scorer Austin suffered a dislocated shoulder last month and is also a long-term absentee, but Redknapp revealed he could be back before the end of the campaign.

“With Charlie you wouldn’t write him off, he’s tough, if there’s any chance of anyone getting on with it he will,” added Redknapp.