Sheffield Wednesday’s under 23s manager Neil Thompson says he feels for midfielder Sean Clare after the youngster was ruled out for the rest of the season following an injury picked up while on loan at Accrington.
The 20 year old Londonder had made nine appearances for the League Two side, seven of them from the start, and scored once in the 2-2 draw with Wycombe after moving temporarily in the January transfer window.
However, a foot injury sustained against Exeter two weeks forced Clare to be sent back to Wednesday and he is now likely to be out for the remainder of the season.
Clare was on crutches and had his foot in a brace at Hillsborough on Monday as he watched his team mates draw 1-1 with Cardiff City.
“It’s unfortunate,” Thompson said of Clare, who had a loan spell at Bury last season.
“He’s been out to Accrington and he’s got a foot injury which will probably see him out for the rest of the season which is unfortunate because he’s had six of seven starts there.
“They go out on loan to experience that mens’ football and it takes a bit of time when they come out of under 23s football for them to become accustomed to that.
“In Leagues One and Two it’s a pretty brutal environment so it will have done him the world of good in that respect but unfortunately he’s got himself injured but it all bodes well for next year. It’s a shame for him but it’s part and parcel of football, he’s just got to stay focused on getting fit for next season.”
Accrington only lost twice while Clare was there, one of those coming against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.