Sheffield Wednesday will have to remain patient in their efforts to move into positive points in the Championship.
The Owls were beaten by promotion-chasing Brentford at Hillsborough on Wednesday evening, as they remain rooted to the bottom of the second-tier standings after their opening five matches of the 2020/21 season.
Ivan Toney opened the scoring for Thomas Frank’s side, before Callum Paterson equalised for the hosts with a close-range finish. But Toney responded for the visitors, as he netted his second of the match, which proved to be the winner on the night.
Owls boss Garry Monk was without some key players for the defeat though, which will have been frustrating heading into an important stage of the season.
Speaking in a post-match press conference (quotes sourced from Yorkshire Live) after the defeat to Brentford, Monk issued a promising injury update on some key players ahead of the weekend.
“Dom and Tom and Izzy are progressing really well. They are back out on the grass.”
But the Owls face a nervous wait to find out the extent of the injury picked up by midfielder Massimo Luongo, with the 28-year-old being sidelined for the recent defeat to the Bees on Wednesday evening.
“He hyper extended his knee in a tackle Birmingham. It has jarred the knee and still swollen now. Hopefully the swelling will come down in the next couple of days and we can make a diagnosis.”
Sheffield Wednesday are set to return to action this weekend, when they take on Luton Town at Hillsborough, in a match they’ll be confident of picking up three points from.
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The club will be hoping that Luongo’s injury isn’t anything too serious.
I’ve been really impressed with him so far this season, and I think he’s got an important role to play in the Sheffield Wednesday team, as they look to fire themselves out of the relegation zone at the earliest of opportunities.
It’s also pleasing to hear that Tom Lees, Izzy Brown and Dominic Iorfa are all progressing well in their recovery as well, as Garry Monk will be eager to have all fo his options available during a hectic period of the season.
They’ll fancy their chances of getting back to winning ways this weekend against Luton Town, with the Hatters being beaten in their last match.