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There were times before Christmas when it looked like his Wednesday career might be over. On a season-long loan from Everton, the 21-year-old picked up a muscular injury in only his second appearance and the gloomier prognoses led both clubs to consider whether they should cut their losses in January.
“You can see by his stature and persona he’s really loving being back on the pitch,” says Moore.
“Any footballer will tell you, the best thing is being fit out there training and competing and Lewis is certainly at that stage now. He probably feels he’s ready to compete for a full 90 minutes and get his consistency going.”
With Iorfa back too, Sam Hutchinson recovered from the injury which kept him out last week, Liam Palmer fit and Jordan Storey excelling since joining on loan from Preston North End last month, left-sided centre-back Gibson will have a fight on his hands to win a place in a position where at one stage the Owls did not have a single fit specialist, so it was probably just as well he made his mark when he came off the bench at Doncaster, pulling the ball back for the Saido Berahino goal which put the Owls in front en route to a 3-1 win.
“It’s almost the icing on the cake when your centre-back has the ability to do that,” says Moore, who also played in the heart of defence. “We knew he was a young defender, an excellent defender, an exciting defender and I’m really pleased to have him at the club. He brings a wonderful balance to our left-hand side.
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“I’m really pleased for him because it’s been a really long road and for him to have an impact like that at Doncaster. I thought the timing of his headers was good and when he did venture up there (into Doncaster’s final third) he’s got the elegance to pick a pass and see the game.”
Never speak too soon in this most erratic division but on the back of five wins from six games, it feels like the Owls might be getting stronger at just the right time.