Sheffield Wednesday: Injury blow for Buxton

Lewis Buxton is unlikely to play in the Owls' next two friendlies
Lewis Buxton is unlikely to play in the Owls' next two friendlies
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Lewis Buxton’s chances of being fit for the start of the season are in jeopardy, Owls boss Stuart Gray has revealed.

The versatile defender has yet to feature in any of Wednesday’s three pre-season friendlies and is unlikely to be ready for the next two.

And Buxton could yet be sent for a second opinion on his knee injury which came after a training ground collision with Paul Corry.

The 30-year-old did travel with the rest of the squad on their trip to Slovenia this week but was restricted to gym work and was kept out of the friendly with FK Arsenal Tula.

“He wasn’t ready to play,” Gray told the Star. “He’s been in the gym working with the physio. It’s disappointing for him that he couldn’t take part in the game.

“We might have to get a second opinion regarding his injury.

“He will not be involved against Doncaster Rovers on Sunday and he will be touch and go to face Newcastle next Wednesday.”

With August 9’s big kick off fast approaching, the last few weeks will feel disappointingly familiar for Buxton who missed the start of last season through injury.

Caolan Lavery, Jose Semedo and Keiran Lee also did not feature for the Owls against Russian top flight side Tula but Gray expects them to be ready for the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday.

He said: “It’s pre-season so we don’t want to take any chances with players. It’s a case of getting minutes in their legs.”

Gray praised his side for showing good discipline in a match that could have become anything but a friendly on in Slovenia Wednesday.

He said: “There were a few tackles flying around but you can get that sometimes with pre-season matches.

“The players showed good discipline in a game that threatened to boil over.

“It was a very good experience for the squad to go out to Slovenia. There is a great bond in the group and the spirit is high.”