Sheffield Wednesday's William Buckley in action with Reading's Daniel Williams
Will Buckley has conceded that he is nowhere near being fully match fit yet but insisted that he has the support of Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal, the Yorkshire Post reports.
The Sunderland winger is on loan at Hillsborough but has endured a difficult time with the Owls, starting just twice in the Championship since arriving, with injuries restricting him to just 11 appearances in total for Wednesday.
And Buckley has set himself the target of putting the past few months behind him and instead concentrating on helping Sheffield Wednesday capitalise on their current position by reaching the play-offs for a second consecutive year.
"Hopefully, I can kick on now in these last eight games, get a few more minutes under my belt and get back to my best. Friday was my first start for a while now after the injury and I just have to get back to a good level," he said, as reported by the Yorkshire Post.
“He (Carvalhal) has said from the start that he believes in me and I have just got to try and take my chance now when I get it. I am nowhere near match sharpness yet but, hopefully, I can get that in these last eight games.”
Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal
Unfortunately for Buckley, his form on the pitch has done little to justify the club's decision to sign him in the summer. And while that may largely be down to injury, he will surely feel that he has plenty to prove over the coming weeks.
The 27-year-old may be hoping to use the international break to prove himself even more to Carvalhal in training ahead of a crucial run of eight games where the Portuguese will surely look to predominantly select the players he feels he can definitely rely on to make a big impact.