Sheffield Wednesday: Gray seeks Antonio spark

Michail Antonio feels the pain of his ankle injury at Huddersfield
Michail Antonio feels the pain of his ankle injury at Huddersfield
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Michail Antonio can give the Owls an extra spark even though he is not fully match fit, believes Stuart Gray.

That is why the Owls boss could plunge the winger into a comeback at Leicester tomorrow.

Antonio has had four days of full training and is challenging for his first game since he went off with an ankle ligament injury in the 2-0 win at Huddersfield on February 22.

Gray told The Star: “He’s unpredictable, One thing you do know is that he gives you a bit of power and pace. He can play on either wing or down the middle.

“His season has been such a stop-start; you’d think you’d be having such enthusiasm and enjoyment from him...he’s desperate to get out there.

“He’s been a big, big loss. But he’s not the only one who’d been in the treatment room,

“Credit to the players who’ve come in: it maybe just needs freshening up a bit where hopefully Antonio can come in and gives us that bit of spark we want.”

The forward was in the early stages of his second comeback from a knee injury when he was hurt at Huddersfield.

Sam Hutchinson made his full debut in that game but he is rated as “touch and go” by Gray for tomorrow, because of his knee injury.

The Owls boss also revealed Antonio’s problem turned out to be more serious than was initially thought.

“At the game against Huddersfield, where he picked up his injury, we felt it was a contact (injury) and it might be a day or so. It’s been longer.

“He’s lacking that match sharpness but he is a fit boy anyway and one thing I do know is that he’ll be a big asset to us.”