SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls ace hit by tour blow

Sheffield Wednesday.........Lewis Buxton
Sheffield Wednesday.........Lewis Buxton
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LEWIS Buxton will miss Sheffield Wednesday’s two pre-season friendlies during their week-long stay in Portugal, manager Dave Jones has confirmed.

Although the right-back has joined in light training this week, he is still recovering from a shoulder operation he had earlier in the summer.

Buxton will travel to the Algarve with the rest of the Owls squad but is set to play no part in the fixtures with Sporting Lisbon on Sunday, July 22, and Reading two days later.

Jones told The Star: “Lewis is fine but he can’t do any contact work.

“It was the right time for him to have his operation and it probably means he will play his games after Portugal.

“Once we come back from Portugal, he will see the specialist again and hopefully will get the all-clear then.”

Owls chief Jones has already bolstered the right-back department by bringing in Kieran Lee on a free transfer from Oldham Athletic. Wednesday needed an

additional defender in that position following the release of Jon Otsemobor, who has now joined MK Dons.

Buxton’s injury misfortune gives Lee the chance to establish himself as the first-choice full-back at Hillsborough.

It remains to be seen whether Michail Antonio will also be on the plane to Portugal.

Chairman Milan Mandaric has said he is “confident and optimistic” of re-signing the

talented winger on a permanent basis. It is believed the Owls have upped their original £350,000 offer for Antonio which was rejected and remain hopeful of prising him away from Reading.

The 22-year-old starred as Wednesday sealed the second automatic promotion spot in League One last term.

Royals manager Brian McDermott said: “Wednesday are interested. I don’t know if there is any bid or if it’s done or dusted yet.Michail is a good player and if he wants to go and play then we will assess that and go from there.”

There are rumours Wednesday have taken Slovenia midfielder Nejc Pecnik on trial.