Smith was spotted back on the grass at Hillsborough as the Owls released photos from their training session ahead of their game against Bolton, but while he’s nearing a return to action, it doesn’t appear that it will be this weekend. The striker was a big-name signing for Wednesday this summer after an impressive goal haul for Rotherham United last season, but he has yet to make an impact due to a nagging muscle injury that has kept him out. Now, however, he’s on the verge of returning, and Darren Moore insists that having him back will be a huge boost. He also stated that Jack Hunt could return after missing the defeat to Peterborough United due to a throat infection.
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“He (Smith) is not quite ready at the moment, but he’s edging closer,” the Owls manager told the media. He’s nearing the end of his rehabilitation, and having them back will be a welcome bonus.” We’ll have to make a decision about Hunty, but he’s returned after his situation. We’ll take a look at him.” Meanwhile, Moore stated that Bannan (heat exhaustion) and Windass (rest) are available to start at the University of Bolton Stadium if needed, and that new signing Mark McGuinness is also available for selection. Sheffield Wednesday will be without Akin Famewo for an extended period of time. The news wasn’t so good for defender Akin Famewo, who Moore says will be out for months – but one bright spot is that his season is far from over, and he could return before the end of the year. “The season is not over, that’s for sure,” Moore said. We expect him to return before the end of the year. He’s making great strides, but he still has a significant role to play this season.” He’ll have played half of the season by the time he returns, which is still good news.” MORE: McGuinness ‘couldn’t turn down’ Wednesday and is now vying for the title