Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk says he is hopeful that Fernando Forestieri will be ‘fine’, after the attacker was forced off at half time in his side’s 3-1 win at Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
Forestieri, who was making his first start since the appointment of Monk, missed one glaring chance to get his name on the scoresheet when he fired a close-range effort wide on the rebound, and did not emerge onto the pitch after the interval, with Jacob Murphy coming on in his place.
Explaining the reasons behind Forestieri’s substitution after the game, Monk told the Sheffield Star: “I don’t know. He just felt he couldn’t continue at half-time, he said he’s jarred his knee.
“I don’t know if it was in a challenge, he said he’d gone down. But yeah, we’ll assess that and I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
Monk also spoke about what Forestieri will need to do in order to earn himself a more regular spot in the Wednesday starting XI going forward, as he added: “He’ll get his opportunities and he’s got to take them. He’s got lads around him pushing hard and he has to match them.”
Following that win at The Valley, which ended a run of five without a victory for Wednesday, the Owls return to action on Saturday afternoon, when they host Brentford at Hillsborough.
You feel there will be plenty of a Wednesday persuasion hoping that Forestieri is indeed fine here.
The attacker does still look as though he has a part to play for Wednesday going forward under Monk, particularly after some encouraging cameos from the bench in recent weeks.
For Forestieri himself, it does seem as though this setback has come at the worst possible time, given he had just been handed his first chance back in the Wednesday starting XI on Saturday.
It will be interesting therefore, to see just how easily he is able to force his way back into contention at Hillsborough once he does make his return to full fitness.