Steve Bruce has inherited a big squad at Sheffield Wednesday but one player who may well have been earmarked as a potential starter, Josh Onomah, has been ruled out through injury once again, according to The Star.
Onomah has struggled to regularly showcase his talent at Hillsborough this season since signing from Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan deal.
A hit and miss spell with Aston Villa last season suggested that he could have the quality to thrive at this level with more experience, but he has failed to kick on since moving to Wednesday.
He has spent the beginning of 2019 sidelined with a hamstring injury, but his return to first-team football on Saturday ended in disappointment.
According to The Star, Onomah pulled his hamstring against Ipswich Town and will be sidelined for a minimum of “three to four weeks”.
Bruce has personally expressed his disappointment at the fresh setback, hinting that he could have had a key role to play in the coming weeks under his tutelage.
“Josh is extremely disappointed like we all are.
“It has been a stop-start season for him. It is a shame as the people of Sheffield have probably not seen the best of him.
“He was terrific for me at Aston Villa last season. He has got all the traits that a young player needs. He is big, strong and quick and can play in a few positions.”
Onomah is not an indispensable talent at the club but the fact he could be ruled out until March certainly represents a disappointing blow.
With a new manager arriving at the club the entirety of Wednesday’s squad will be hoping to make an impression, and the fact the 21-year-old will be sidelined during a crucial transition period will naturally frustrate him.
Time is running out for Onomah to prove that he is capable of succeeding at this level and by the time he returns to full fitness he could find himself struggling for opportunities if Bruce manages to strike a winning formula this month.