Sheffield Wednesday return to action this week as the Owls face a trip south to battle Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
The Hillsborough outfit have endured a poor run of form, and it continued on Saturday after they were held by Barnsley 1-1 in the south Yorkshire derby; succumbing to just one win in their last eight in the Championship.
Although, Wednesday night presents a huge opportunity to get back on track as they face the division’s basement boys, the Hatters.
Owls boss Garry Monk has provided updates on a quartet of injured players over the past week, here’s who could feature…
Morgan Fox – has been absent with an ankle problem since an early withdrawal in their 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic at the end of January. The 26-year-old missed the two draws against Millwall and Barnsley and is the only left-back by trade in the squad.
“He’s very, very close. He’s been out on the pitches today and seems alright so we’ll make a decision on that tomorrow.”
Monk before the Barnsley game
Massimo Luongo – has been out injured with a groin strain since his suspension against Blackburn Rovers was rescinded. The Owls lost that game 5-0, five games ago.
Monk added: “Massimo is back out on the grass, we’re not sure about this weekend, he’s 50/50, the same as Morgan. We’ve got another training tomorrow [Friday], so we’ll see if they’re available.”
Neither player was even named in the squad, so they could be due back on Wednesday after the 40-year-old claimed he was “very hopeful” of their returns.
However, this outing may come a little too soon for another duo in the squad.
Moses Odubajo – played 90 minutes at left-back in the absence of Fox and then couldn’t feature in the local derby due to a hamstring issue.
Adam Reach – also missed Saturday’s short trip to Oakwell with a toe problem. The first and only league game he has not featured in all season.
“Reachy (Adam Reach) had a toe problem and Mo has a tight hamstring. They will be sent for scans and we will see what the outcome of them are. Until we have had the scans and know the full side of it, I can’t say a time frame. Hopefully it is not too long.”
Monk post-Barnsley draw.
With the Owls now sitting some six points off a playoff position, a return for any player that Monk has relied on this campaign will be a massive boost towards their chances of turning around their fortunes.
They can kickstart a comeback with victory in north London this week.
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