Sheffield Wednesday: Coke ruled out for at least three weeks

Owls Giles Coke has an Achilles injury
Owls Giles Coke has an Achilles injury

Head coach Stuart Gray has revealed Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke faces a minimum of three weeks on the sidelines with an Achilles injury.

Coke missed Saturday’s goalless draw at Huddersfield Town because of the problem. The 28-year-old recently had an injection in his Achilles but that has not resolved the issue.

Gray told The Star: “I think Giles is going to be wearing a medical boot for three weeks now which is disappointing for him and us.

“We have had to monitor his fitness in training but he has been playing with it. It wasn’t getting any better. If anything, it was getting slightly worse. With an Achilles tendon, you have to be very, very careful with.”

Coke, who has played 16 times this season, is expected to sidelined for Wednesday’s league fixtures with Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Wolves. The Owls hope Coke will be fit to take part in their festive programme.

Defenders Lewis Buxton and Joe Mattock are running again following their injury lay-offs but Gray refuses to rush the duo back into the first-team fold. However, centre-back Kamil Zayatte (hamstring) is poised to be out of action until mid-December.

“Kamil is likely to be in the treatment room for two to three weeks,” said Gray, who expects goalkeeper Chris Kirkland (illness) to resume training over the next 48 hours.

Gray has also stated he is prepared to let Coventry keep Gary Madine for a further month. The striker’s initial loan agreement runs out after the Sky Blues home clash with Walsall on Saturday. Madine, out of contract in the summer, has bagged two goal in four outings for Coventry.

“We wanted Gary to go out on loan and get some 90 minutes under his belt,” said Gray. “When he was here, he was just coming on as a substitute and playing cameo roles.

“We wanted him to get that match sharpness and the good thing is that he has picked up a couple of goals. He scored a bobbler last weekend which we could do with ourselves at the moment.

“If we do decide to extend it, we will insert a 24 hour recall clause in the deal. It depends on our needs. If we can’t get one over the line today, obviously my thoughts change a little bit.”

With Gary Taylor-Fletcher having gone back to Leicester following the expiry of his loan deal, Gray hopes to sign a new forward before the emergency loan window closes at 5pm today. He was delighted Caolan Lavery bagged a second-half brace in the development squad’s 4-1 win over Chesterfield on Tuesday.

“Caolan has worked his socks off to get back and given us a huge boost,” he said.