MICHAIL Antonio is not the only Wednesday forward to suffer an injury problem.
Danny Mayor and Caolan Lavery have both ended loans at Southend prematurely.
For Lavery it looks like a possible chance of a Wembley final being missed.
He was due to be with Southend for the rest of the season, which would have placed him in contention for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against Crewe on April 7.
But he is back with the Owls, undergoing rehabilitation after a hamstring tear that is causing him to have a long lay-off and casts doubt about him going back to Southend in time to be part of their final preparations.
Mayor was due to spend a month at Roots Hall but missed the final two games of his loan spell because of an ankle injury.
Owls manager Dave Jones expects Mayor to be fit next week. He could only have figured in the JP final if his loan had been extended.
Mayor, aged 22, has been adding to his league experience in League Two and it is uncertain whether he would be regarded as being ready to be plunged into the Owls’ Championship survival fight. He made five appearances for the Shrimpers.
Former Wednesday captain Graham Coughlan, who is assistant to Southend and ex-Owls boss Paul Sturrock, told The Star: “We were looking for someone who could carry the ball forward, and Danny was the one; he runs at people and puts crosses in. Unfortunately he picked up the injury; we wish him all the best.”
Lavery, 20, went to Southend for the first league experience of his career; he made four apearances, all from the bench - three in the league and one in the Trophy.
Coughlan said: “He’s somebody I’d like to work with again. He’s got something there. He has a work ethic and a bit of pace.
“I did some one-on-one stuff with him on technique. He would have played more games for us and certainly would have been a contender to play in the final.”
Coughlan does not think that Lavery will be fully ready for the final but hopes he can return to Roots Hall before the season is out.
Wednesday will assess the player’s fitness next week before deciding the next step.
The Southend coach still has his family home in the Hillsborough area and has retained links with Wednesday. He thinks that future loan deals between the Owls and the Shrimpers could benefit both clubs. “I’ll continue to monitor Sheffield Wednesday players and see whether we can pick up one or two,” he said.
Southend’s squad includes former Owls centre forward Barry Corr. Coughlan said: “He’s had some injury problems. He’s effective and scores goals at this level; he’s a good lad and works hard.”
Former Owls coach Steve Adams and his Tricky Wingers organisation are running football fun sessions at Tapton School, Sheffield, 9.30am-3.30pm on April 2-4 and 9-11, for boys and girls aged five to 12. There are artificial-pitch and indoor facilities. Go to www.trickywingers.co.uk or phone Steve on 07815 307657.