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Gary Hooper edging closer to Sheffield Wednesday return

Gary Hooper edging closer to Sheffield Wednesday return

Sheffield Wednesday could see one of their key men make a return to the first-team in the near future.

According to a report by the Sheffield Star, Gary Hooper is edging closer to recovering from a hip injury that has kept him out since Boxing Day.

The striker played for over an hour in the Owls’ developmental game against Leeds on Monday, adding to the 45 minutes he managed last week.

Hooper is yet to feature for Jos Luhukay and would be welcomed into the team as if he were a new signing at Hillsborough.

The Owls have started life in the Championship with a decent run of form and currently sit ninth in the table, despite all the concerns they had in the summer.

Luhukay would have liked to have strengthened his squad significantly, however, they were unable to conduct any transfer activity due to an embargo, but did manage to add Josh Onomah and Michael Hector on loan in the final days.

The Verdict:

Luhukay will be pleased that Hooper is recovering well from his long-term hip injury, although he will know it will be sometime before he is back in contention for the first-team.

The striker will be a welcome boost to the squad as the 30-year-old has been crucial for Wednesday when he has been able to play and knows how to find the back of the net regularly.

He is not expected to be ready to face Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, however, if he continues his progress, there is no reason to suggest he will be battling the likes of Atdhe Nuhui, Lucas Joao, Steven Fletcher, Sam Winnall and Fernando Forestieri in the near future.

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