"It makes you want to do better" Danny Röhl gave Sheffield Wednesday man courtesy he hasn't always had

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Footballers will often tell you that recovery from long-term injury are among the loneliest times of their career.

Set different training schedules, for weeks or months set up in the gym away from the camaraderie of the changing room, often given entirely different times to report to training grounds owing to the clash of schedules of the coaches they work with, you can see why.

One man who has spoken previously of the emotional toll a long-term injury can take, describing 'really dark days' experienced when coming back from a freak hip issue that kept him out of a chunk of the 2021/22 season. He told The Star at the time that a whole month had gone by without any real interaction with his teammates.

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Managers will have different ways of handling their longer-term absentees and it takes all sorts - ex-Owls boss Ron Atkinson, for example, was famed for his man-management but famously set his injured players aside until they were close to match fitness.

Danny Röhl has taken a different approach, at least in the case of Dominic Iorfa, who recently returned from a three-month absence to play a part in Wednesday's last five matches.

"When I've been injured before that can be the case, you're just away with the physios," Iorfa said. "But this time the gaffer has been good. There was a point I was still five weeks away and he made clear he wanted me in every team meeting. It meant that when I came back I knew what was involved and what we were doing but it also meant I felt like I was involved.

"It's a good feeling. You might feel like you're a long way from getting back onto the pitch but being in those meetings, knowing what's going on, being mentioned in meetings. It shows you're still part of his plans which is refreshing and a good feeling.

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"It makes you want to do better for that person as well. Obviously you're doing it for yourself, you're doing it for the club, but if there's someone there who has treated you well then you want to do it for them and pushes you on. It all goes hand in hand. They're good coaches, but they're good people as well and it means you enjoy it. You want to come into a place that has good people around and you enjoy their environment. That's something that we have."