Sheffield Wednesday’s preparations for the new season have been dealt a blow with the news that Caolan Lavery is likely to be out for at least two months.
The 21-year-old forward picked up a knee injury in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, damaging his posterior cruciate knee ligament after getting his foot caught in the turf.
Owls head coach Stuart Gray is already short on numbers in attacking areas and continues to track potential targets, but this unfortunate development will further increase his need to strengthen the squad.
Gray said: “It is disappointing. Hopefully he is not going to require surgery. He sees a specialist at 4pm this afternoon. They call it like a car crash injury where his foot has got stuck in the ground, his knee is forced forward. We thought it might have been worse. We thought it might have been an anterior cruciate ligament injury but fingers crossed it won’t be that. It is going to be a couple of months, minimum.
“It is frustrating for him because he is looking very sharp.”
There is also a doubt over newly-signed keeper Keiren Westwood, who also picked up an innocuous injury, in training on Friday, while Jeremy Helan, too, faces a race to be fit for the kick off against Brighton a week on Saturday.
“Keiren Westwood has tweaked a cartilage. He is seeing a specialist at 4pm so we will know the outcome of that, whether he needs surgery on it just to tidy it up.
“I don’t know whether he will miss the start of the season. He trained on Friday before the Rovers game and felt something tweak in his knee.
“Jeremy Helan has got a slight tear in a muscle so he will be out of the game tomorrow and Saturday.
“Kieran Lee will hopefully be back and available for the Barnsley game.
Lewis Buxton (knee) and Jose Semedo (muscle problem) are back running again.”
Meanwhile, on the tranfer front, Wednesday will not be pursuing their interest in Brazilian Brandao, with the St Etienne striker now looking set to join Bastia.