Fernando Forestieri took another stride towards his return from injury on Monday afternoon.
The Owls star played an hour for the Development Squad and scored from the spot in the 2-1 win over Coventry.
Having missed almost the entirety of the campaign through a knee injury and the resulting rehabilitation, Forestieri shook off some of that frustration today at Hillsborough.
Helping Neil Thompson’s side keep firmly in the PDL2 North title race, Forestieri is looking to the future and said:
“I’m really happy to be back to Under-23s, so I work hard to be back soon for the first team.
“I feel good, it’s normal I need this type of game to give minutes to my legs and for this I play today.
“I feel good, the intensity is a little lower than when you play in the first team, this is normal.
“But I am happy because we played well, we won and I scored also to give me more confidence to play.
“But I need to work hard to feel much better.”
Wednesday have eight games of the 2017/18 season remaining and the 28-year-old would like nothing more than to help the team to a positive finish in some capacity.
“I feel sad because I have missed the whole season but now I want to focus on the present and future here in Sheffield,” he added.
“I want to play, it’s been six months, I’m happy to be back, I hope I can play some games and for next season, I’m sure the players will give 200%.
“We need to give something to the fans because they deserve something important.
“I don’t want to create pressure for us. We need to work hard with each other, have a strong changing room and let’s see what will happen.
“I love to see this stadium full, it is a big positive about this club and the fans deserve something.
“I want to finish this season well and then see the club do something good next season.”