Forgotten Foster makes a surprise return to game after year out

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A YEAR after he suffered a career-threatening knee injury, former Rotherham United player and one-time Owls youngster Luke Foster has made a dramatic return to the game from nowhere.

Foster damaged cruciate ligaments playing for Rotherham at Hereford in a League Two game last December.

It was one of only six appearances for the Millers. The injury ended his season and he was released last May.

The 27-year-old from Mexborough, who was a trainee with Wednesday but never played in the first team, had struggled to get a new club in the summer. He had a brief spell at Sheffield United during pre-season to help with his fitness.

It appeared a way back into the professional game was out of the question until Preston manager Graham Westley, his old boss at Stevenage, got in touch and invited him to Deepdale.

The outcome was a debut in centre defence in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game with Bury which Preston won on penalties to earn a Northern semi-final tie against Mark Robins’s Coventry.

*Former Millers striker Alan Lee has been banned for three matches following his clash with Hull City’s Alex Bruce, son of Tigers’ boss Steve.

Bruce was red carded for pushing him over but no action taken at the time against Lee. However, the FA studied DVD footage and have punished him. The final game of Lee’s ban is Sheffield Wednesday’s trip to Huddersfield on Dec 29 (12.30 ko).