Sheffield Wednesday: Owls sweat on Gardner scan verdict

Owls skipper Anthony Gardner, who was stretchered off at Middlesbrough last Saturday, will go see a specialist about his Achilles injury later

Owls skipper Anthony Gardner, who was stretchered off at Middlesbrough last Saturday, will go see a specialist about his Achilles injury later

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Sheffield Wednesday are set to find out the full extent of the Achilles injury which captain Anthony Gardner suffered at Middlesbrough later this week.

The centre-back was stretchered off after 39 minutes of Saturday’s 1-1 draw and Owls manager Dave Jones has told The Star that the former England international will shortly go see a specialist in London.

The Championship club, who have collected just three points from their opening five games, fear Gardner may have torn his Achilles tendon, meaning he could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The 32-year-old has started all six of the club’s matches this season alongside former Hull City teammate Kamil Zayatte.

Jones said: “It looks like Anthony has torn his Achilles, but we won’t know for sure until he has had a scan.”

The Owls chief drafted in Jordan Spence on an emergency loan from West Ham to ease his defensive woes last weekend. Wednesday are already missing full-backs Lewis Buxton and Joe Mattock through injury.

There was no movement in or out of Hillsborough before the transfer window closed at 11pm last night.