Sheffield Wednesday have endured a difficult start to the season, and lie six points away from a playoff berth approaching the halfway point of the season.
A series of draws have restricted Carlos Carvalhal’s side in recent weeks, and this is something the Portuguese boss must address very quickly if he is to guide his side to a top-six finish for a third consecutive season.
Injuries have plagued the Owls throughout the campaign, but the biggest blow undoubtedly came when talismanic forward Fernando Forestieri was ruled out for several months through injury.
The Argentine has been the club’s most consistent player for several years, and his loss has certainly affected the Owls this term.
However, there is good news for fans, with Carvalhal confirming in today’s press conference that the 27-year-old has begun running without pain, and will return in the new year.
What a relief this is for Owls fans.
Forestieri is their hero, their talismanic striker who they can always rely on to find the back of the net when they need him the most.
His loss has been a devastating blow, but news of his recovery will fill fans with optimism.
If the club can remain in touch of the top-six, then Forestieri’s return will feel like a new signing.
Get him back to full-fitness and in-form quickly, then the Argentine could make all the difference to the club’s season, and could finally make it third time lucky for the side from Hillsborough, following back-to-back playoff heartache in recent seasons.
Owls fans, how much of a boost is Forestieri’s return to your promotion hopes? Have your say below…