Sheffield Wednesday have been hit with a frustrating injury update on defender Chey Dunkley heading into a crucial period of the 2020/21 season.
Dunkley has struggled for consistent game time with the Owls this season, after arriving at Hillsborough back in August 2020 after a spell with Wigan Athletic.
He has been absent for Sheffield Wednesday’s last two matches though, which has raised concerns as to whether he’s been ruled out through injury, or whether it was Darren Moore’s team selection.
Speaking in a post-match press conference (quotes sourced from Yorkshire Live, 22:15) after their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town at Hillsborough, Owls boss Darren Moore revealed that Dunkley is set for a spell in the treatment room with a hamstring injury.
“Chey has picked up a hamstring injury. He’s going to be out for a little while. It is going to be weeks. It’s disappointing for us.”
Dunkley has found regular game time hard to come by this season, and has made just 11 appearances in all competitions, as Sheffield Wednesday continue to struggle in the second-tier.
Sheffield Wednesday are currently sat 23rd in the Championship table, and are nine points adrift of safety heading into their final nine matches of this year’s league campaign.
The Owls are set to return to action this weekend, when they take on high-flying Barnsley, in what is certain to be a tricky test against the in-form Tykes at Oakwell.
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This is a hugely frustrating injury blow.
I’ve been impressed with Dunkley since he signed for the club, but he’s not featured enough for to pass a serious judgement on his impact with the Owls.
They desperately need a player of his quality in their team at the moment, and he’ll be a big miss for Darren Moore’s side, as they battle to pull off an unlikely survival bid in the Championship this term.
They don’t have a considerable amount of options to choose from in the heart of the defence, and I can really see them struggling without Dunkley from now until the end of this year’s campaign.