Sheffield Wednesday weren’t able to stop their rut on Saturday afternoon as the Owls were held by Millwall in a dull stalemate at Hillsborough.
Garry Monk was unable to name his two Deadline Day signings, Palace forward Connor Wickham and Wigan Athletic midfielder Josh Windass, as neither were signed in time to be registered for the match.
The 40-year-old opted for just two changes despite launching a tirade at his squad less than a week earlier, but his hands were tied slightly by injuries.
However, the Owls are able to welcome back two key midfielders from injury ahead of their trip to Barnsley this weekend.
Kieran Lee, who had been absent through a shoulder injury was “50/50” to face the Lions, while Massimo Luongo has been absent since being sent off against Blackburn Rovers and has been nursing a groin problem.
Neither player has featured since that 5-0 drubbing and the Australian’s red card in the match was rescinded by the FA shortly after.
Monk revealed that both players have been training well and are in contention to feature at Oakwell.
“He [Lee] has been out training; I just felt that extra week will help him in terms of his soreness. He should be fine for next week. Massimo is back out on the pitches. He trained hard on Saturday morning so is likely to be available for next week.”
That bodes superbly well for supporters who were left slamming the man that deputised in their absence, Joey Pelupessy.
In addition to that, Wednesday will be able to call upon their new additions – Wickham and Windass – as they too are available for selection for this one.
It is also expected that left-back Morgan Fox recovers from his injury problem too, so that could be as many as five fresh players at Monk’s disposal come Saturday.