LEWIS Buxton accepts he is playing “catch-up” after missing out on Sheffield Wednesday’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
The popular defender had to stay behind after sustaining a foot injury in training. He was set to meet up with the club’s physio yesterday to be given more treatment on the knock.
Buxton, who can operate at right-back, centre-back or left-back, is an injury concern ahead of Wednesday’s friendly at Worksop Town tomorrow.
“I have spoken to some of the lads and it sounds like it was a tough trip for them,” Buxton told The Star. “They are all back fit and ready to go so I’ve got a lot of work to do.
“I am going to get my foot checked out but hopefully I can get straight back into training so I am not too far behind the lads.
“I am having to play catch-up and I know I am going to have to work really hard when I get back into training. I know I am going to have to work even harder because the other lads have already got some serious training under their belts.”
Buxton, aged 27, has made 94 appearances since swapping Stoke for Wednesday nearly three years ago. He agreed a new two-year contract last month on the same wages as before.
Buxton, primarily a right-back, slotted into the left-back position towards the latter stages of last term.
He has acknowledged the club “massively under-performed” last year.