Sheffield Wednesday defender Ash Baker returned to competitive action on Monday, playing for 45 minutes in the under-23’s 1-1 draw against Burnley (via swfc.co.uk).
The 23-year-old has been struggling with a groin injury recently, but managed to get the first minutes of his comeback under his belt at the Tameside Stadium.
As mentioned, it has been a groin injury which has forced Baker to endure a spell on the sidelines of late.
He picked up the problem in an under-23 fixture back in September (Sheffield Star) and has played no football at all since then until Monday afternoon.
Along with fellow defender Tom Lees, Wednesday decided to use the fixture against Burnley to get minutes into Baker’s legs following injury, and he managed to play for 45 minutes.
Speaking about his first appearance back, Baker told Sheffield Wednesday’s official website: “It was good to be back playing as it allowed me to get that running back into the legs and that means I’m starting to build my fitness up.”
Baker also confirmed that he hopes to play a few more games at under-23 level in order to help him regain full fitness, before then trying to break into the Owls’ first-team squad (swfc.co.uk).
Baker was given plenty of chances in the first team under Jos Luhukay at the start of last season, starting 12 matches in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
However, after Luhukay was dismissed by the club the 23-year-old didn’t play a single minute of football for the rest of the 18/19 campaign (Transfermarkt) and he didn’t even make the squad for any Championship fixture at the beginning of this season prior to his injury (Transfermarkt).
It, therefore, seems unlikely that he will be used in the first team by Garry Monk in the near future. However, having him back fit does give the Owls more depth at right-back and with the hectic Christmas schedule on the horizon having him ready and available is certainly a good thing for the club.
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