Setback fears allayed after Gary Hooper misses Wednesday U23s fixture
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Setback fears allayed after Gary Hooper misses Wednesday U23s fixture

Gary Hooper was among the notable absentees as a young Sheffield Wednesday Under-23s side lost 3-1 at Ipswich Town on Tuesday.

Hooper has been stepping up his fitness in recent weeks, having returned to first-team training after more than a year sidelined.

Hooper scores one of his 11 goals for Wednesday during an injury-hit 2017/18 season (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The 31-year-old played in the 23s’ 5-1 win against Crystal Palace at the start of the month, and played and scored as a Wednesday XI beat Scunthorpe by the same scoreline in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week.

But Owls fans needn’t be alarmed by his absence at Ipswich, with Steve Bruce offering the following injury update via The Star earlier.


It’s a big couple of days. (Steven) Fletcher is a bit of a worry and a concern, he’s the main concern that we have got,” explained the Sheffield Wednesday manager.

“(Fernando) Forestieri will be training tomorrow and will step up training – same with (Lucas) Joao and the same with Hooper. Hopefully there’s a bit of an upsurge in that but there’s a long way to go yet until he’s physically ready.”

Hooper’s contract expires at the end of June, and he’ll be keen to play a part in Wednesday’s final eight (and a potential further three) fixtures.

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