Sheffield Wednesday: Gray tips Owls star to shine

Caolan Lavery has returned to Hillsborough.
Caolan Lavery has returned to Hillsborough.
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has explained his decision to recall Caolan Lavery from his productive loan spell at Chesterfield.

Northern Ireland Under-21 international Lavery was expected to stay with the League One club until the end of the season having extended his initial deal.

But Wednesday activated their 24-hour recall clause following Will Keane’s ankle injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Fulham. The Owls are set to find out the full extent of Keane and Liam Palmer’s ankle problems later today.

Gray, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Wolves, said: “We’ve lost Will Keane and got Sergiu Bus in the treatment room. We have probably only got Attey [Nuhiu], Stevie May and possibly Chris Maguire who can play up front. We just need that little bit of cover.

“The good thing is Caolan [Lavery] has comeback match fit. He enjoyed his loan spell at Chesterfield. We are disappointed we had to pull him back but that’s how the loan market works. It’s needs must.”

Lavery scored three goals in eight appearances for Chesterfield.

We are disappointed we had to pull Caolan back but that’s how the loan market works. It’s needs must.

Stuart Gray

Gray said: “Caolan was out for a long time with his knee injury and he needed to get those minutes under his belt and he has done on a regular basis for Chesterfield. You can train every day of the week but nothing beats that match intensity so hopefully he will have some part to play against Wolves and for the remainder of the season.

“Caolan is a good footballer. He’s got that valuable experience and will be better for it.”

Kamil Zayatte (hamstring) and Sergiu Bus (groin) are edging closer to first-team returns. Gray hopes the duo will resume full training on Thursday.

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