Sheffield Wednesday boss Xisco Munoz says he is happy with George Byers’ progression, despite the midfielder barely featuring so far this season.

Byers has so far featured once under Munoz; coming off the bench in the second half of the last outing v Hull City.

The Scot saw his last season cut short by a hamstring injury but Byers was enjoying a strong campaign in League One, netting six times and assisting three in 26 league outings.

And ahead of Saturday’s Championship game v Preston North End at Hillsborough, Munoz had his say on the 27-year-old.

He told the club:

“George Byers gave me a very good pre-season and he has given good passion in training this week as well. I am very happy with him.”

Byers was on the bench for the game v Stockport County as he seemingly works his way back to full fitness.

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A key player coming back soon?

Wednesday play much better when they have Byers in midfield. He’s a very capable and effective midfielder and he’s someone with Championship experience too, so having him fit and firing is key.

It’s unlikely that Munoz won’t eventually favour Byers in midfield and so when he’s fully fit again, he should walk straight into the Owls’ XI.

He came off the bench at Hull and Munoz’s above comments could suggest that Byers is well in contention to play a part this weekend – either from the bench again or from the start.

Wednesday v Preston kicks off at 3pm on Saturday.

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