Owls midfielder Giles Coke is eyeing a New Year return to action.
The 28-year-old has been ruled out of Sheffield Wednesday’s last four Championship fixtures because of an Achilles problem.
Coke’s injury has not healed as quickly as he, the Owls’ medical team or head coach Stuart Gray would have liked, despite him wearing a medical boot for 10 days and having an injection in his Achilles.
Although the London-born player has started jogging again, he has ruled out making a comeback over the festive period.
He told The Star: “I’m feeling good. I hope to be back within two weeks.
“I don’t know how I hurt my Achilles. I think I was carrying the knock for a while and was playing through it. It just got to the stage where it was hurting too much so I had to stop.
“I had an injection and had to wear a medical boot for 10 days. It was a bit awkward but it feels much better now.”
Coke, who scored a goal of the season contender in Wednesday’s 1-0 triumph at Brighton and Hove Albion on the opening day, is poised to miss their clashes with
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Fulham, Blackpool and Wigan Athletic. He is also a major doubt for the Owls’ FA Cup third round trip to Manchester City on Sunday, January 4.
Gray says Wednesday must be “patient” with Coke. The Owls chief does not want to rush him back into the first-team picture and risk him breaking down.
“It is always frustrating when you are injured,” he said. “I’m just desperate to get back as soon as possible and help the team out.
“I’m nearly there with my recovery so hopefully I will be back in action soon. I might need a development game or two. I will speak to the manager and see what he says.
“These things happen in football and you’ve just got to deal with it. I was happy with my form up until my injury. Now my aim is to comeback fitter and stronger and to put in some good performances.”
*Wednesday are offering a ‘Kids for a Quid’ deal in their Boxing Day tussle with Blackpool. All supporters aged 16 and under can purchase a ticket for just £1 in any area of Hillsborough if purchased in advance of the match. It is the first time the Owls have been at home on Boxing Day in five years.