Sheffield Wednesday: Speedy return as sweet as sugar for Joe Mattock

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A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down but how about having a phial of it injected into your ankle?

Well sugar injections proved to be just what the doctor ordered for Joe Mattock as he made a rapid recovery from the ankle problem, first suffered against Charlton last month.

The Owls full back made a surprise return off the bench at Blackburn last weekend, playing almost an hour in place of injury victim Lewis McGugan.

And that came just five weeks into a predicted two month recovery programme.

For his speedy comeback, Mattock is thanking his somewhat strange treatment –even if he does not fully understand it.

“I’m not too sure myself what the sugar injections are but I do know they have strengthened up my ligaments and sped up the process,” Mattock said. “I’ve ended up coming back from the injury quicker than I thought so they have turned out to be really helpful.

“I’m pleased to be back earlier than I thought.

“They said it’d be six to eight weeks but I’m back in five.

“It was a little bit unexpected last week. Lewis went down with the injury and I wasn’t expecting to be the one to come on.

“There was a little bit of rustiness but the ankle felt ok. It feels strong so I can look forward to working hard in training and forcing my way back into the side.”

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For the record, sugar injections sees a liquid containing sugar injected into an injured area, aiming to stimulate healing and provide pain relief.

Mattock was in the middle of arguably his best run of form as a Wednesday player when he was struck down with injury.

But replacement Jeremy Helan has grasped his opportunity for regular starts with both hands, leaving fierce competition ahead for the left back slot.

And that is something Mattock is relishing.

“I’m happy to be in a bit of competition,” the 24-year-old said. “It’s better for the team and everyone knows that.

“There’s no doubt I’ll be making it hard for the gaffer to make his mind up.

“Jeremy’s a good player. He’s quick and he’s great at one-v-one defending.

“It’s going to push me harder and hopefully I’ll get my place back.”

With McGugan likely to return after making a good recovery from being knocked out at Ewood Park, Mattock is likely to find himself on the bench for this afternoon’s clash with Wolves.

He is however, predicting a tough test from Kenny Jackett’s side.

He said: “They’re right next to us in the table.

“They’re a strong side, an experienced side. They’re quick as well but so are we.

“There’s no doubt we can get three points.”

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