FIT-again Sheffield Wednesday striker Ryan Lowe has conceded he faces an uphill task dislodging either David McGoldrick or Gary Madine as he bids to make his mark at Hillsborough.
The Liverpudlian recognises he has a job on his hands trying to shift the in-form duo despite having fully recovered from the ankle injury he suffered in the draw with league leaders Charlton.
Lowe came on as a late substitute at home to Exeter for Madine, who notched a brace to claim his sixth goal in his last four appearances.
McGoldrick netted on his debut at Yeovil and is set to partner Madine when Wednesday head to Hartlepool this weekend.
It means Lowe and Chris O’Grady, who is also back in the first-team picture after shaking off a foot problem, may have to settle for places on the substitute bench as Gary Megson’s side chase a third consecutive league win at Victoria Park.
Nonetheless, the experienced Lowe is relishing the challenge of ousting McGoldrick or Madine.
The 33-year-old told The Star: “I’m not a bitter striker. You come across strikers where there is bitterness between them but I was absolutely over the moon for Gary [Madine]. I gave him a big hug and kiss coming off the pitch at the weekend after he scored two goals! He is a great lad.There is no negativity on my part. I am more than happy for my fellow strikers to be scoring and hopefully when I get in there I can do the same.
“I know I have got to wait and bide my time and so has Chris [O’Grady] and that is what we will do.”
Lowe was forced off after 30 minutes of his debut at the Valley after landing awkwardly in an aerial challenge.
“It has been frustrating; no footballer likes being on the sidelines,” he said. “But I have moved on and now I’m raring to go.”
Lowe, a £100,000 acquisition from Bury last month, added: “Everyone knows you’ve got to work hard in training and wait for your chance to impress.”