Sheffield Wednesday suffered their first defeat under manager Steve Bruce at the weekend, when they went down 3-1 to an in-form Aston Villa, a result that leaves the Owls down in 12th spot, six points off the play-offs with six matches remaining.
Despite the loss, Bruce will be encouraged that 30-year-old midfielder Kieran Lee has trained all week as confirmed on the club website, following long-term injury, with featuring for 45 minutes for the club’s under-23’s yesterday.
So though a return to action date has not been set, how big a boost is it that Lee is on the way back for the Owls?
“Any player coming back is a boost.
“Is it a ‘big’ boost? Probably not.
“They’re not going up, so his comeback will all be about integration and looking at next year.”
“It’s definitely a boost.
“I suspect that last weekend’s loss has left them too much to do in the play-off race but Bruce will not be giving up.
“I suspect he will not have long left at the club, however.”
“This is what Owls fans will want.
“Lee has had an awfully long time on the sidelines, and you’ve got to say that for the player it is really encouraging.
“He might not get a Championship appearance this season, but getting his boots back on will have felt great.”