Sheffield Wednesday’s absent duo Liam Palmer and Fernando Forestieri are both nearing a return in the coming weeks, Garry Monk has confirmed.
The Owls have been without the pair for differing lengths of time, with Liam Palmer missing out in Wednesday’s last three games and not featuring since the defeat to Cardiff just before the New Year.
Meanwhile, Fernando Forestieri has been absent for the majority of this season for a couple of reasons, first with his FA charge handing him a six-game suspension, then a lengthy injury layoff that has kept him out ever since the victory over Charlton at the end of November.
In that time, Wednesday have been very inconsistent in the league, slipping in and out of the play-off places on a regular basis, which was compounded by their humiliating defeat at home to Blackburn where the visitors ran out 5-0 winners on Saturday.
Speaking to the club’s official website ahead of the Owls’ trip to QPR on Friday in the FA Cup, Garry Monk provided a positive update on the fitness of Palmer and Forestieri, where he stated: “Liam Palmer has been out on the training pitch all week and progressing well.
“Same with Fernando, it’s just the fitness side now and we may decide to give him some minutes in the U23s”
The pair might not be fit and ready to come back into the side until the beginning of February as they look to get up to speed by featuring for the Owls’ under-23s side.
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This is a big boost for Garry Monk as they look set to be without Steve Fletcher for a lengthy period, meaning they need others to step up in his absence, where Forestieri could have a huge impact when he comes back in.
Liam Palmer has a very different dilemma on his hands, as he needs to fight for his place back in the side after the dazzling performances of 19-year-old right-back Osaze Urhoghide.
The youngster was brilliant in the wins over Brighton and Leeds before the whole-team capitulation against Blackburn, which cannot be held down to just individual performances.
Monk will be able to call on the experience of the pair going into the high-pressure latter stages of the season and having been part of the side when they have challenged in the play-offs, they will relish the opportunity.