Owls inject more speed into duo’s comeback bid

Hamstring trouble: Lewis Buxton has suffered a "little relapse" after his injury.
Hamstring trouble: Lewis Buxton has suffered a "little relapse" after his injury.
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WEDNESDAY’S injured right-backs, Lewis Buxton and Jon Otsemobor, are both getting the needle over their lay-offs.

Buxton has had an injection in his back in an attempt to speed up his recovery from a hamstring problem.

Otsemobor has been undergoing acupuncture and rehabiliation as he strives to overcome a calf injury.

Manager Gary Megson believed a couple of weeks ago that Buxton was close to a comeback but now he has explained that the defender has had a “little relapse” and had the jab on Friday.

Richard Hinds has stepped in to do a job at right-back but Megson admitted: “We could have well done without both our right-backs being missing at the same time.”

Buxton’s last game was last month, Ostemobor’s in January. Nicky Weaver has had treatment on the knee knock that he suffered during last Saturday’s game against Plymouth but is expected to be fit for tonight’s match at Oldham.

The Latics will have midfield player Dean Furman back after a two-match ban.

Paul Dickov’s side have gone six games without a goal and seven without a win.

They lost 3-0 at Bournemouth last Saturday and 5-0 at home to Peterborough in the match before that.

Megson said: “They’re having a bit of an iffy run. They started the season quite well.

“I’m sure that the manager’s personality will be very much like mine: the least you expect is hard work, hard running, heart on your sleeve, and giving it everything you’ve got.

“So I’m sure that they’ll be doing that. They will look on this as a great opportunity to try and sort out their recent run. I’m sure they will have had people watching our game on Saturday; they’ll be rubbing their hands.

“I hope we put on a performance like we did in the previous two games and therefore they shouldn’t be rubbing their hands. I’ll be looking for a reaction from what happened on Saturday.”

The teams drew 0-0 in September.

The Owls and fan group Wednesdayite are holding a quiz night in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, in Hillsborough’s Sheridan Suite on Thursday, starting at 7pm.

It is part of a week-long programme of events across the country in which all clubs will raise money for the official charity of the Football League.

Tickets cost £10, which buys a pie-and-pea supper and quiz entry.

Wednesdayite say the evening will be hosted by “one or more mystery Owls legends”. There will also be table games and an auction for Owls memorabilia.

To book tickets visit http://bit.ly/gomhJY .