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Sheffield Wednesday: Bruce’s side handed boost as Kieran Lee returns for U23’s

Sheffield Wednesday: Bruce’s side handed boost as Kieran Lee returns for U23’s - Sheffield Wednesday

It has been a frustrating 15 month period in Kieran Lee’s career at Sheffield Wednesday.

The midfielder initially moved to Hillsborough in 2012 after a five-year spell with Oldham Athletic and became a regular starter two years later.

An immensely successful 2015/16 campaign saw Lee make 52 appearances for the Owls as his side reached the play-off final in the Championship. However, Wednesday would fall short of securing a return to the Premier League as they were narrowly defeated by Hull City at Wembley Stadium.

Since that season, Lee has only been able to make sporadic appearances for the Yorkshire-based outfit as injuries have severely hampered his development in recent years. After suffering a serious hip problem in December 2017, the 30-year-old missed the rest of the campaign whilst his latest setback saw him seriously injure his knee during an under-23 game last September (via the Star).

During his absence from the side, the club have sacked two managers in their ongoing search for success with Steve Bruce the latest to take over in the hot-seat. Since the 58-year-old’s arrival in January, the Owls’ fortunes have been completely transformed and although a top-six finish is still extremely unlikely, the signs are looking good in terms of the immediate future at Hillsborough.

With just four games left to play between now and the end of the season, Bruce’s side have been handed a potential boost as Lee has stepped up his rehabilitation in recent weeks. The midfielder played 66 minutes for Wednesday’s under-23 side in their victory over Queens Park Rangers and could be in contention to return to senior action (via the Star).

Although it is uncertain whether Lee will be offered a new contract by the Owls when his current deal runs out in June (via Transfermarkt), if he can replicate the form that he had previously illustrated before he suffered his injury issues, it would be a major surprise if he isn’t offered a new contract.

However, if the former Oldham ace cannot reach these levels, it could force Bruce into letting him go, bringing an end to his seven-year stint at the club.

What do you think Wednesday fans? How big of a boost would it be to see Lee return before the end of the season? Should be given a new deal by Bruce? Get in touch below.

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