Sheffield Wednesday host Derby County at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon, where the Owls will look to give their faint play-off hopes a much-needed boost.
After ending a run of seven games without a win in the league with a dramatic last-minute at home to Charlton in midweek, Garry Monk’s side are now 12th in the Championship table, eight points adrift of the play-off places with 11 games of the season remaining.
The Owls will be desperate to capitalise on that much-needed win against Charlton and put that poor run of form well and truly behind them, although those recent results have admittedly not been helped by injury problems encountered by a number of their playing squad.
So what is the current state of play with regards to injuries for Wednesday ahead of that clash with the Rams?
Here, we take a look at the latest injury news emerging from Hillsborough around a number of the club’s first-team players.
Fletcher hasn’t started a game for Wednesday since early January due to a knee injury, but he did come off the bench to net the winner against Charlton in midweek.
Having also come off the bench against Birmingham last weekend, it seems the striker is making progress towards a return to action.
Monk has admitted ahead of the clash against Derby that Fletcher is still not 100% fit after his time on the sidelines, but says that the 32-year-old will be monitored in training on Friday, before a decision is taken on whether he is restored to the XI against the Rams.
Another extended player whose extended absence from the side may well have been felt in recent weeks, is Massimo Luongo.
The midfielder hasn’t featured for the Owls since being sent off in their 5-0 defeat at home to Blackburn on the 18th January, despite seeing his suspension for that red card being rescinded.
Instead, a calf injury has kept the Australian on the sidelines for the past six weeks, although a return to action is now moving closer, with Monk revealing that Luongo is scheduled to return to training early next week.
Another midfielder to have spent time on the sidelines recently, Reach also appears to be making his way back into contention.
The 27-year-old is also expected to make his return to training at some point next week, as he continues to step up his recovery from a toe injury.
It is now five games since Reach last featured for the Owls, with his last appearance coming in a goalless draw with Millwall back on the 1st February.
Like Reach, Odubajo has not featured for Wednesday since that stalemate with Millwall at the start of the month, and like both Reach and Luongo, there now appears to be positive news on his recovery.
The defender is another who is set to make his return to training next week, as he continues his comeback from a hamstring injury.
A return to the side would certainly be timely for Odubajo, who has found himself in and out of the side ever since Monk’s appointment.