Sheffield Wednesday: Fitness boost for Owls striker

Owls striker Will Keane

Owls striker Will Keane

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Striker Will Keane has handed Sheffield Wednesday a major fitness boost as they seek to rectify their patchy Championship form.

The 22-year-old was taken off at half-time in Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Brighton and Hove Albion after suffering a suspected medial knee ligament injury. Keane, on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season, sustained the knock in the closing stages of the first half and left Hillsborough wearing a brace.

Head coach Stuart Gray planned to send Keane off for a scan following the Owls’ sixth-match without a win but The Star understands that was not required. His injury is believed to have settled down over the last 48 hours and is not as bad as first feared.

Although Keane continues to receive medical treatment for the problem, he could resume first-team training later this week and be in contention for the trip to Derby County on Saturday.

Keane, who grabbed his first senior goal against Cardiff City, missed the entire 2012/13 season after picking up a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Gray will also be hoping Jose Semedo shrugs off his ankle injury in time to face the high-flying Rams.

“If Semi stays down on the pitch, you know you have a problem,” he said.

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