Buxton boost as comeback gathers pace

Lewis Buxton
Lewis Buxton

LEWIS Buxton is beginning to stake his claim for a return to the Sheffield Wednesday team.

It follows Jon Otsemobor’s re-entry to full training, so the club’s right-back problems are starting to ease.

Buxton was a surprise inclusion on the bench for last Saturday’s match at Southampton.

“Lewis is starting to get back,” said manager Gary Megson. “He hasn’t done much training.

“But as each day goes by, he gets nearer and nearer,

“Jon resumed training last Thursday, so he’s back in among it.”

Buxton was not used at Southampton but to keep his fitness ticking over he did a brief session on his own after the game.

Hamstring trouble has ruled him out of the side since last month’s match at Rochdale - the first game for which Megson took full charge.

Otsemobor has not played since the January trip to Huddersfield, because of a calf injury.

Having two right-backs injured at the same time has been a handicap for Megson and his predecessor, Alan Irvine, though centre-halves Richard Hinds and Michael Morrison have each recently made decent stabs at the position.

It is another area of the team that could come under scrutiny by Megson as he prepares for Saturday’s trip to Dagenham and Redbridge.

The Owls boss is well used to making changes.

“It’s what we’ve been doing all the time, hoping somebody can come in and just change it for us; it’s not been happening,” he said.

An Owls reserves side comprising youngsters lost 5-1 to a Forest team containing six players with first-team experience, at Ilkeston yesterday.Cecil Nyoni put Wednesday ahead in the sixth minute. Jack Barnett was sent off in the 70th minute, and Forest got their third goal from the resulting penalty.