SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Chris lines up Owls squad return

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PROMOTION ace Chris Lines is refusing to give up hope of being back in the Wednesday squad for Saturday’s bottom-four clash with Peterborough.

The midfielder who helped to lift the Owls out of League One is stepping up his bid for Championship football after missing the first three months of the season because of a groin injury.

His 45-minute outing for the reserves against Doncaster Rovers at Middlewood on Tuesday followed his 60-minute return in an Under-21 game against Barnsley at the weekend.

He told The Star: “I’m not ruling out what might happen on Saturday. I don’t think I’ve got 90 minutes in me yet, and the boys are playing well, so I wouldn’t expect to get straight back in the team yet anyway.

“It would be nice just to be involved, maybe get a place on the bench. Because of how bad the injury was, I can’t rush it.

“I’m gradually making more and more progress every day. It’s more a case of making sure I’m 100 per cent by the time I get back, so I don’t injure it again.

“It went well last Saturday - the first time I’d been on a pitch in three months; the game on Tuesday was more of a challenge; Donny put out a decent side, and I came through that. I felt a bit of fatigue and was a bit stiff, but with no problem with my groin - that’s the main thing.

“I’ve been able to run for two or three weeks now; it was just getting back to striking a ball.

“A lot of it has been in my head as well: I couldn’t walk for a few weeks after I got injured, and I didn’t touch a ball for two months. It’s been almost like starting all over again.”