Sheffield Wednesday have been dealt another injury blow this season as one man had been working hard to make his long-awaited return to the first-team.
The striker has been out of the Owls side for around nine months with a hip problem he picked up last December and was believed to be closing in on a return.
The 30-year-old, who has been featuring for the club’s Under-23 side, will now spend an additional period of time on the sidelines after he picked up a groin injury, although it is only thought to be minor and could possibly delay his return by a further week.
Luhukay remained hopeful about the situation when asked about Hooper’s latest setback as his side prepare for a trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.
“Maybe he will be back training on Monday. For now, he has only treatment,” he told the Sheffield Star.
“When you are so long out, it is not easy to come back to 100 per cent. He has played twice – one time for 45 minutes, one time for 60.
“After the second game, he had the problem. It is one step back. Hopefully next week will be two forward.”
Sheffield Wednesday will be ruing their luck when it comes to their players and how close they get to making a return before suffering another blow.
Kieran Lee was the first man thought to be edging closer to a return to the first-team following a lengthy lay-off and now Hooper has been hit with a new injury concern.
Luhukay will likely have been without the striker for the trip to Villa Park on Saturday, as he is yet to be available to feature for the Dutchman since his arrival as manager, however, he will have been disappointed with the news regarding his latest step back.
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