Midfield maestro Giles Coke has vowed to continue playing through the pain barrier in Sheffield Wednesday’s quest to avoid the drop.
Coke has been troubled by a foot injury for the majority of the season and is having pain-killing injections to ease the problem.
The Owls player, out of contract in the summer, initially damaged his foot while on loan at League One promotion hopefuls Swindon Town last September.
The 26-year-old said: “My foot is always sore after every game, even during the game.
“I’m managing to deal with it; sort of. The only thing really is to rest it, but when I’m walking on it and playing all the time, it’s difficult.
“I’m just trying to deal with it. If I rest it, it will be fine.”
Allied to rest, Coke plans on doing strengthening and stretching exercises. He is confident that he will be fully ready for pre-season.
“I’ve been told it really needs six to eight weeks of rest then it will settle down,” he said. “When I rest it, it does go away, but I’m not getting enough rest for it to go completely.”
Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town edged Wednesday a step closer to preserving their Championship status. Leroy Lita grabbed his fifth goal in 15 appearances to cancel out Jay Tabb’s first-half opener, meaning Dave Jones men are four points above the drop zone with two matches left. The South Yorkshire club’s penultimate fixture is at 21st-placed Peterborough United on Saturday, kick-off 5.20pm, and they may even be assured of safety before kick-off if results go their way.
Coke said: “We need one win from the next two games. Everybody is confident we can do that. Even if we’re safe before the Peterborough game starts, we still want to win and we want to finish as high as possible.”
Jones, the Wednesday chief, dished out some harsh words to his players at half-time against Ipswich.
“When Dave needs to have a rant and rave, he’ll do it,” said Coke. “When he praises you, he praises you. That’s really good. You get the best of both sides.”
The Owls travel to Peterborough, who remain just above the bottom three on goal difference following their first league defeat in 11 matches at Derby County last weekend, seeking their first victory at London Road since 2003. In their last three visits to Posh, Wednesday have drawn twice and lost once.
Cameron Dawson, meanwhile, has signed his first professional contract with Wednesday, penning a three-year deal. The goalkeeper has represented England at Under-18s and U19s level this term.