Sheffield Wednesday star Fernando Forestieri continues his comeback from injury

Fernando Forestieri is on the comeback trail.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 6th January 2020, 5:00 pm

The forward, who has missed the last eight matches due to a knee injury sustained at Charlton Athletic since November 30, was put through his paces in the gym by the Owls' medical team on Monday.

But it is understood Forestieri has yet to resume full training following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Saturday’s trip to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United is likely to come too soon for Forestieri, who turns 30 next week.

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Argentine-born Forestieri, a £3m capture from Watford in the summer of 2015, has played just 10 times this season, scoring once. He has only played from the start on two occasions and is among 11 senior players out of contract at the end of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s Under-23s slipped to a 2-1 defeat at home to Crewe Alexandra. Striker Jordan O’Brien put them ahead early on at Middlewood Road with an unstoppable 25 yard strike.

But Crewe turned the game on its head after the break, with substitute Josh Lundstram bagging a double.

Goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith played the full match as he continued his comeback from a serious knee injury.

Owls star Fernando Forestieri

Coach Andy Holdsworth told The Star: “We were good in the first half but it was not good enough in the second in terms of what we expect from desire and intensity to keep the ball out of the net.

“It was a game of two halves, but fair play to Crewe. They took their chances when they had them.”