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3 tough decisions facing Garry Monk as he gears up for first Sheffield Wednesday game

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Garry Monk is preparing for his first game in charge of Sheffield Wednesday as they take on Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town this Sunday.

The former Birmingham City boss was named as Steve Bruce’s permanent successor over the international break and he inherits a side that are sitting in mid-table in the Championship.

Since he arrived at Hillsborough, Monk’s focus will have been on beating the Terriers and it promises to be an intriguing clash, with Danny Cowley set for his first fixture in the opposite dugout.

Monk will have been taking advice from coach Lee Bullen, who was caretaker, as he ponders his first team selection as Wednesday boss and here we look at THREE tough decisions facing the new boss…

Who replaces Fernando Forestieri?

The attacking midfielder has been something of a talisman for the Owls since he arrived but he has struggled for form in the past 12 months and was in and out the team under Bullen.

However, he won’t be involved on Sunday as he serves the first of a six game ban.

With the squad not really having a like-for-like replacement, it gives Monk a bit of a dilemma. He could go with two out and out strikers, or choose to beef up the midfield by going with three.

Who starts at centre-back if Tom Lees misses out?

The centre-back missed the defeat to QPR and it was revealed last week that Lees had travelled to Barcelona to assess his hamstring injury.

Whilst the club are confident it’s nothing serious, he will be a doubt for Sunday and may not be risked.

Dominic Iorfa played against the R’s in that role but he is better at right-back, with David Bates another option. So, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod alongside Julian Borner.

Does Massimo Luongo warrant a first league start?

The Australian international has proven himself to be a good player at this level over the years but he hasn’t managed to force his way into the Owls XI in the league yet.

However, his energy, experience and composure on the ball could be exactly what’s needed in what is sure to be a feisty derby and Monk may throw the 26-year-old in for his debut.

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