Sheffield Wednesday have surprised many this season with their performances so far, leaving The Owls to sit in the final Championship playoff spot.
Jos Luhukay’s side have managed to put together a string of impressive results to give a side that many had thought would battle against relegation to giving them a strong opportunity of making a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
The Hillsborough outfit were placed under a transfer embargo in the summer, whilst a number of their stars continued to suffer with injuries.
One man that fell into the latter category is Sam Winnall, who has spent the last eight months on the sidelines with a serious knee ligament injury.
The 27-year-old has since made a return to action for the developmental side and capped his appearance off with a goal.
Opening up on his injury, Winnall admitted that the time on the sidelines had been “mentally challenging” and “demoralising”.
Speaking to The Star, he said: “As you can imagine, it has been very hard.
“You go in every day (to training) and you don’t feel 100 per cent. When you can’t do your job that you have grown up doing since you were five, it is obviously demoralising, especially when you look out the window and see the guys training. It can be hard and mentally challenging.”
It has certainly been a long and painful process for Winnall and one that he will be hoping he is fully recovered from.
Making his comeback for the Owls last Friday in their developmental game against Crewe Alexandra will have certainly been a forward step and everyone associated with the club will be keen to see him return to competitive action in the future.
Wednesday’s match against Middlesbrough on Friday is likely to have come too quickly for the 27-year-old, however, if he continues to make his way back, he will certainly become a valuable option for Luhukay’s side as they push for Premier League promotion.
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