Owls boss ponders early exit for O’Brien

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JOEY O’Brien may have played his last game for Sheffield Wednesday.

The midfield player who was signed on loan for the rest of the season could be going back to Bolton early.

Owls manager Gary Megson has revealed that O’Brien, who has not figured in the last four games, has been out of action with a groin injury.

The problem is not serious. It was career-threatening knee trouble that kept him out for more two years at Bolton before he fought back to full fitness.

Wednesday signed him on loan deadline day in March but he has made only three starts and had two games on the bench. Megson told The Star that the 25-year-old had a scan last week on his groin and was due to take a fitness test on Saturday morning but in any case would not have figured in the match at Bristol Rovers.

The Owls manager said: “It might be better for Joey to return to Bolton, where their season is going to be a bit longer, in terms of his rehabilitation and getting back to playing games and training.”

Wednesday break up after this Saturday’s final match, at home to Exeter, and it seems doubtful that O’Brien will play in that.

Bolton’s season has a further three weeks to run.

O’Brien’s contract at the Reebok Stadium expires in the summer. He was keen to come to Hillsborough to get in some League games and start to put his career back on track, then assess his options after the season’s end.

Wednesday had nothing to lose by giving him a chance, as Bolton agreed to pay his wages during the loan spell.

O’Brien was in the team for the first two games of his stay, then was on the bench twice, and last played in the defeat at Brighton on April 9.