Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay has met with the media to preview this week’s clash against Sunderland and the topic of Kieran Lee came up in the discussions.
The 30-year-old midfielder had been closing in on his 200th club appearance following his arrival back in the summer of 2012 as a free agent from Oldham Athletic, but having succumbed to injury last December he is yet to make an appearance since and he hasn’t taken to the pitch under Luhukay who came into the hot seat in January.
He is making progress on his hip injury but Luhukay told the Star that it wasn’t something that can be rushed, and in many ways he can make progress one week, then fall back the next, so nobody is able to put a proper timescale on a full recovery at this stage.
“You must always be patient and you must look week to week. Sometimes the training intensity goes very well and in the right direction, sometimes it comes back. Sometimes Kieran Lee makes a progression and you think he can make a full comeback to team training, but then it goes and for another two weeks he cannot train with the team. It is difficult to say he will be back in two weeks, four weeks, six weeks.”
Having more than played his part in recent runs towards the top of the table as we harboured promotion hopes, getting Lee fit and getting him back on the pitch would certainly be a bonus so hopefully he gets a touch of luck and the uncertainty can be replaced with clear targets sooner rather than later.
With a number of players yet to return to fitness given their own injury concerns, after a quiet summer getting them back into contention will provide a boost and given how long some of them have been out, they will be like the proverbial new signings.