Owls: Beevers frustrated by lay-off

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday defender Mark Beevers has spoken for the first time of his frustration at being forced to sit on the sidelines through injury.

Beevers, a graduate of the club’s youth system, broke his cheekbone in three places in the 4-1 defeat to Peterborough United last month.

He is due to visit the surgeon next week for a check up and admits he is unlikely to play in Wednesday’s remaining four league fixtures this season.

“It is the worst injury I have ever had and definitely the most frustrating,” he told The Star. “I had a back injury when I was 15 and that put me out for 3 months. That was painful but I’ve not had something like this before.”

It was just over three weeks ago the 21-year-old went under the knife. After the operation, he was informed it would be a minimum of six weeks before he could resume contact sport.

Beevers has worked closely with physio Paul Smith on maintaining his fitness levels throughout the lay-off. The tall centre-back has started running and cycling again.

He said: “It is not nice looking down on the team from the stands. I want to be involved but there is nothing you can do when you have got an injury.

“It looks unlikely that I’m going to play again this season. I think it would be silly if I came back early and damaged it again.”