Strike star races back

Feeling good: Chris O'Grady wants to prove himself
Feeling good: Chris O'Grady wants to prove himself

CHRIS O’Grady believes that he is capable of making a shock comeback against Exeter tomorrow if required.

The Owls striker has declared himself fit and able to play - ahead of schedule after his recovery from a foot injury.

“I feel really good; fit and strong,” said the £350,000 centre-forward who has not played since he limped off on his debut at Bury in mid-August.

“I’ve been trying to get to the same level of fitness as the other lads.

“I’ve been working hard in the gym and making sure I’m right to play; hopefully I’m fit [to play].

“I played an hour on Tuesday in a friendly game; I’ve been training for the past week. I’m ready to play.”

O’Grady also revealed that he was told he faced six to eight weeks on the sidelines but he was determined to show that he could recover more quickly.

The new signing is back in five weeks.

His injury was to the plantar fascia - the strong tissue that supports the underside of the foot arch.

He had problems with it before the club signed him from Rochdale and he tore it when he made a premature comeback at Bury: “The first ball over the top ... I sprinted and it ruptured.”

The striker initially had to wear a large plastic boot to immobilise his foot.

“Once I got the boot off after a few weeks, I was able to build up; walking, jogging, running, and getting to where I am now,” he said.

The ex-

Rotherham star feels like he is starting his career all over again: “Hopefully I can repay the faith that Gary Megson has shown in buying me.

“This is the biggest challenge of my career. If I don’t give it everything, I might end up back at a smaller club

“Although I’ve had a setback, I’m determined to show what I can do.”

O’Grady may yet have to wait for a call-up but the Owls are delighted to have him and fellow new boy Ryan Lowe back in full training.