Report: Sheffield Wednesday receive boost as Joe Wildsmith returns to training following back injury

The 20-year-old has not played for the Owls since being injured in their Championship clash with Bolton in January.

Sheffield Wednesday have received a boost ahead of the business end of the Championship season, as the Sheffield Star reports that goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith has returned to training after recovering from a back injury.

The youngster has not played since the narrow victory over Bolton in January due to a knock he sustained in a collision with Trotters striker Gary Madine (via Star), but now appears to be on the verge of being ready to aid the Owls' promotion push if required.

While the 20-year-old's return will provide a lift to Carlos Carvalhal's squad, it seems highly unlikely that Wildsmith will be returning to the first-team any time soon. 

The stopper has made seven league appearances for Wednesday this term, all of which have come in the absence of the club's first-choice Keiren Westwood. And with the Republic of Ireland international now back between the sticks at Hillsborough, it seems much more likely that Wildsmith will be competing with Lewis Price and Cameron Dawson for a place on the bench.

Nevertheless, Carvalhal will be delighted to see the academy graduate back in contention for a spot in the side. Despite never making a league appearance for Wednesday before this season, the youngster has been impressive when called upon this term, keeping five clean sheets in 12 appearances, including in the Capital One Cup victories over Newcastle and Arsenal.

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