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Back on the bike

12 March 2014

Stuart Gray welcomes tonight’s Championship visit to Wigan as it represents a swift opportunity to put Saturday’s defeat to Yeovil to bed.

The Owls’ head coach said he took no positives from the Somerset setback but is looking forward to the quick turnaround in games that takes Wednesday to the DW Stadium this evening.

He said: “That is one of the plus points of the Championship and the schedule we have because it gives us a chance to get back on the bike quickly as it were.

“We were all disappointed with how we played at Yeovil because that wasn’t Sheffield Wednesday as far as I’m concerned.

“We were under par and under-performed and now we all want to put that to bed.

“The next challenge is Wigan, who are flying at the moment, and I am looking for a response.”

Gray has been handed a boost from the injury bay with news that Kieran Lee could be back in the frame earlier than expected.

Although the midfielder is not expected to make tonight’s game, he may make the cut for Saturday’s home clash with Birmingham.

Gray added that Chris Kirkland remains touch and go for the trip to his former club tonight.

He said: “We will have to wait and see on Chris. He picked up a strain in training late last week and it’s not something you want to aggravate.

“We will see how he progresses and take it from there. But Damian Martinez is not a rookie goalkeeper, he has played games for us, and he was one of the few players to emerge from Yeovil with any credit.

“It’s good news on Kieran, though, he could be ready for Saturday. It was a Grade 1 hamstring and he has made a good recovery.

“We have missed him and Jose Semedo but then we have missed all the players we have had out injured.

“I’ve never known a season like it if I’m being honest with all the injuries but that’s the situation and we have to deal with it.”

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