Sheffield Wednesday: Antonio out to end on a high

Michail Antonio returned to the Wednesday team ahead of schedule
Michail Antonio returned to the Wednesday team ahead of schedule

Comeback ace Michail Antonio heads into the Owls’ match at Forest tomorrow aiming to finish his season with a flourish - after revealing that one stage he feared it had already ended.

He learned after injuring his ankle at Huddersfield on February 22 that he looked likely to be out for up to three months.

But physio Paul Smith and fitness coach Andy Kalinins helped to get him back to fitness and he returned at Leicester after an absence of only six weeks.

The winger who also scored a cracking goal told The Star: “I’m buzzing to be back. After I did my ankle, they told me I was going to be out for the rest of the season - it was meant to be eight to 12 weeks that I was going to be out.

“So I was already mentally finished. But I thought ‘no, it’s not the end for me’, and me and Paul Smith managed to get some ankle strength and sort it all out for me to be back.

“I’ve had to work really hard with Smudge and Andy. Now everything’s feeling good. I managed to get out there and got a goal.

“I especially hope not to get injured again: it seems that we’re safe; what we all want to do is to get as high in the league as we can.

“We definitely should have got a point. against Leicester. We gave them a good game, Hopefully we can kick on and do well in the next game.”

But the Owls are set to be without centre halves Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu after they were both injured on Friday.

Manager Stuart Gray revealed that he had expected no more than an hour from Antonio - but he lasted 90 minutes plus more than six of stoppage time.

Gray said: “He took his goal fantastically well and forced a save from Kasper Schmeichel. We just knew we could get him one v one against (right back) Ritchie De Laet and he could go on the outside or drive inside. It was a great finish by him.”