Monday, October 27, 2008

Simek poised to return

US international Frankie Simek is on the brink of first team action after almost a year on the sidelines.

The St Louis-born right-back has been absent from Sheffield Wednesday's starting eleven since tearing ankle ligaments against Crystal Palace last December, but was named among the subs for the Owls' 3-1 loss to Championship leaders Birmingham City at the weekend.

"I played 45 minutes and then 60 minutes for the reserves," Simek told NoShortCorners. "Then I was on the bench on Saturday and I have another reserve game on Wednesday."

The 24 year-old confirmed his injury has now cleared up and he is targeting a long-awaited return.

"It's feeling really good," said Simek, "and it's just a matter of building it back up slowly but surely. It has been a long time out for me and it has been pretty awful, so I want to make sure I don’t injure anything else while I get back to full fitness. I just want to put the last ten months behind me and get back on the pitch."

Simek, who began his career in Arsenal’s youth system, also stated he is itching to get back into Bob Bradley’s World Cup plans, after making five appearances for the U.S. National Team.

"Without a doubt," he confirmed. "I have been following the team and reading up about it on the internet and they have been doing well, but first and foremost I need to get back playing for Sheffield Wednesday."

Without Simek, the Owls have won five of their 13 games this season, and sit 12th in the Championship.

"I think we have to be happy with the way we have started," said Simek. "It's such a tight league that if we win two games back we are back up in the playoff places. We are happy enough where we are sitting right now and if we win tomorrow night we’ll move up again."

Sheffield Wednesday host Plymouth Argyle tomorrow night.

-Sean O'Conor

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