Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Massimo Luongo could miss the club’s next two games through injury, manager Garry Monk has confirmed.
Luongo had played every minute of the Championship season for Wednesday prior to their midweek defeat to Brentford with a knee injury suffered in the win at Birmingham the weekend before.
Now it seems as though Luongo will be out for a bit longer yet, judging by Monk’s latest update.
Speaking about Luongo in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Owls’ clash with Luton on Saturday afternoon, Monk was quoted by Yorkshire Live’s live blog (08:32) as saying: “It’s a big shame. Massimo has been one of our most consistent performers so far. It happened in the game. It was a contact injury.
Discussing when the 28-year-old could return to action, Monk added: “Those sort of injuries tend to be seven to 10 days. He won’t be available for the weekend and highly unlikely for the midweek game.”
As a result, it looks as though Luongo could miss his side’s Yorkshire derby away at Rotherham on Wednesday night, as well as their clash with Luton this weekend.
Wednesday have picked up eight points from their six league games so far this season, but remain bottom of the Championship table due to the 12-point deduction they were handed at the beginning of the campaign.
This does not look particularly good for Wednesday.
Luongo does seem to have emerged as a key player for Monk’s side this season, so it does appear as though he will be a miss for the Owls over these next couple of games.
Given the pressure there is on them to overhaul that points deduction, this can consequentially only be seen as a significant blow for the Yorkshire club.
You also have to feel for Luongo here, considering it had seemed as though he was finally establishing himself in the Wednesday side, after what was something of a challenging debut campaign at Hillsborough for the Australian last season.