Sheffield Wednesday: Owls fear for Antonio

Nine goals: Michail Antonio gets treatment for his groin injury.                          Picture: steve ellis
Nine goals: Michail Antonio gets treatment for his groin injury. Picture: steve ellis

SHEFFIELD Wednesday are praying that top scorer Michail Antonio avoids a long lay-off after he was carried off with a groin injury at Hillsborough on Saturday.

Midfield player Danny Pugh admits that it would be a “massive” blow to lose the nine-goal forward who is a key player and has started every league game this season.

The Owls must await the results of a scan before learning the extent of the injury.

Pugh said: “It’s just fingers crossed that he can make a quick recovery, because he’s been vital for us this season.

“He’s been one of the top players if you look at the goals he’s scored and his assists.

“He’s one of the players who does create chances for us and score goals.

“It would be a massive loss. We’re all positive he’ll have a speedy recovery.”

Wednesday’s next game is a week on Saturday against Barnsley. There is no fixture this weekend because of the international break.

Antonio said on Twitter at the weekend: “I’m in a bit of pain, don’t know how bad it is yet. Keeping positive.

“I just want to thank all the fans for their kind messages. It really means a lot. Hoping for a speedy recovery.”

He was injured near the end of the 2-0 defeat by Cardiff.

Pugh said: “We were playing the team at the top of the league; you don’t mind if you get picked apart by some slick passing or a great goal, but we’re very disappointed that we conceded from two set pieces. We could have prevented the goals.

“We didn’t create enough chances, or get in enough shots and crosses, really. We’re always confident we can keep a clean sheet but we didn’t do that. It’s disappointing all round.

“They’re not at the top of the league for nothing; they’re a good, solid, organised team. I still think we didn’t cause them enough problems.”

“We started well. We just couldn’t, for some reason, keep our foot on the gas.”

With the Owls having slipped to fourth from bottom, and Easter clashes against Barnsley and Bristol City looming, he added: “We have some massive games coming up. There’s plenty to play for, plenty of points to play for. We’re confident still that we can climb that table.

“We’ll regroup and the lads will come back firing for the next game.”