Had things turned out differently this week, Darren Moore might have had another selection problem to add to the many he already needs to contend with.

As well as perusing through his options over who to start at Wembley for Monday's League One play-off final against Barnsley, the Owls' boss may well have had to go into the game with one of his star men light on training sessions.

And it would have been to a bizarre set of circumstances. Lee Gregory has been sporting a face mask for the past few matches, ever since he picked up a nasty facial injury in training earlier in the month.

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The mask was tailor-made for the 34-year-old, who was one of many to deliver a superb performance in last week's semi-final second leg against Peterborough. So when news broke over the weekend that said mask had gone missing following the pitch invasion that marked the epic penalty shoot-out win, it sparked panic in the Wednesday ranks.

Moore would have been one of the many who were concerned but thankfully the matter was resolved almost as quickly as it emerged.

A supporter replied to an appeal sent out by the club, stating his father had picked up the mask. It was returned in fine condition over the weekend with a signed shirt from Gregory given in return by way of a big thank you.

And Moore, speaking in his final media conference before the trip to London, also spoke of his gratitude.

When quizzed on the incident by Yorkshire Live, Moore said: "I'd like to say thank you to that supporter for finding it and bringing it back to us. It's very kind of them.

"It's meant Lee could train all week whereas before without it he would have had to have had a new one made and he might have missed a few days' training. The mere fact that he's been able to train all week has been really, really good. So thank you to the supporter for answering that rallying cry and bringing it back.

"We would have had to have one made especially and by the time you get him back out there to be measured and the time it's taking to be made, he'd have probably missed a couple of days training which would not have been ideal. Thanks to that fan. It would have been nice for them to keep I guess but Greggers needed it and we need him, so thank you for playing your part in him maintaining training this week."


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