SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY have not given up hope on re-signing Connor Wickham, despite Steven Fletcher’s injury worries reducing the chances of the striker returning to Hillsborough.
As the Echo reported earlier this week, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is ready to keep Wickham at the Stadium of Light for the short-term future, while fellow striker Fletcher remains plagued by an Achilles problem.
That was why Wickham was recalled from his loan spell with Wednesday last week, with the England Under-21 striker an unused substitute against both Stoke and Newcastle.
“The decision at the moment is that he’s our player and we need him here,” said Poyet.
But Wednesday will retain their interest in Wickham after the 20-year-old netted eight goals in 11 games during his loan spell in the Championship.
Owls boss Stuart Gray understands the situation regarding Fletcher, but hopes any improvement in the Scotland international’s condition could lead to Wickham being allowed out on loan again.
“Obvously Fletcher has tweaked his Achilles. Gus said he was going to keep Connor for two or three weeks and see how it develops,” said Gray.
“We desperately want Connor to come back, the boy wants to come back and we are keeping that door open. But we still have to look elsewhere as well.”
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