Delight for Owls as Weaver returns ahead of schedule

Fit again: Keeper Nicky Weaver saw a specialist in America
Fit again: Keeper Nicky Weaver saw a specialist in America

WEDNESDAY keeper Nicky Weaver returns to full training tomorrow after a two-and-a-half-month lay-off.

He will not be in contention for a place in the team immediately but boss Gary Megson is delighted to welcome him back.

The 32-year-old has recovered from a knee injury that ruled him out of the squad just before the Owls were due to play away at his former club, Charlton.

Weaver made a brief visit to America to see a specialist who had treated him for an earlier problem.

After his return it was expected that he would be out for around three months and he has regained fitness within schedule under the care of the Owls physio department.

Megson says: “Nicky is stepping up his work now, though it doesn’t mean that he’s ready to be picked yet.”

Weaver’s injury led to the loan signing of Stephen Bywater, who seems likely to return for the league game at Tranmere on Saturday after having to miss the ctie at Morecambe because his club, Derby, did not want him cup-tied.

But Megson does not dismiss the merits of Richard O’Donnell, who made two important saves on Sunday. “Richard played well, as did a lot of players,” said Megson.

The manager highlighted an impressive stop by the keeper, before the ball bounced out and Morecambe put it into the net.

The goal was disallowed because the scorer, Gary McDonald, was penalised for offside. However, if the initial shot, by Phil Jevons, had beaten the keeper then a goal for Jevons would have stood and the Owls would have been pegged back to 2-2, in the 89th minute.

“If the initial shot had gone in then it wouldn’t have been chalked off,” reflected Megson, appreciating the importance of the save.