Key Sheffield Wednesday trio to raise the intensity of their pre-season training this week

Sheffield Wednesday players on the stage at Owls in the Park
Sheffield Wednesday players on the stage at Owls in the Park
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Three Owls players are expected to step up their recovery from long-term injuries this week.

Kieran Lee, Steven Fletcher and Gary Hooper have not featured in Owls colours since last December due to hip, knee and groin problems respectively.

But the trio joined in several of the lighter sessions as part of Wednesday’s five-day training camp in Chester last week.

Speaking at the club’s annual community fun day Owls in the Park, manager Jos Luhukay told The Star: “Steven Fletcher and Kieran Lee are not training 100 per cent. They have done the condition sessions with us but maybe they will doing different sessions with the team when we start the second training camp.

“We have only Gary Hooper who is not training with the team. He has struggled a little in the last few days but we have a little bit of hope that he can also do some sessions with the team this week. It’s very important that he does work by himself and the team.”

When asked if Lee and Fletcher will be fit for the start of the 2018/19 season, which kicks off with a trip to newly-promoted Wigan Athletic on August 4, Luhukay said: “Hopefully they should be available by the time the season comes around.

“They have been away from the group for a long time and from training and from games. When they can start 100 per cent training with the team, they can bring themselves in a better position in a physical and football direction.”

After undergoing two days of rigorous fitness testing, Wednesday’s squad reported back for pre-season a week ago. The players all adhered to their individual fitness programmes, which they were given at the end of last season, according to Luhukay.

He said: “All the players came back in shape which we were not surprised about.”

Luhukay is looking forward to putting the players through their paces again when they head off to their second training camp in Cheshire later today.

He said: “We will grow every day and every week. The intensity will be a little bit higher this week but I think that’s normal in pre-season.”