Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has suggested that Steven Fletcher could be set to be included in the Owls’ squad for their clash against Charlton Athletic on Wednesday, while Morgan Fox will be assessed before the match.
Fletcher made a return to the side from the bench in the final 18 minutes against Birmingham City last weekend, with the striker having made a return to fitness from a knee injury which kept him out of action for around a month – and Fox also came off the bench against Birmingham for the second half of their 3-3 draw replacing Dominic Iorfa.
The Owls, though, continue to be without all three of Adam Reach, Massimo Luongo and Moses Odubajo who have been out injured with respective toe, calf and hamstring injuries, and Monk’s side will be aiming to get back to winning ways against Charlton after picking up a point at Birmingham without the trio.
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Speaking to the Sheffield Star ahead of Sheffield Wednesday’s clash with Charlton, Monk revealed that Fletcher and Fox could both be included in the squad despite not being fully fit, while Reach, Luongo and Odubajo continue to be absent through injury.
He said: “Massimo still has another week or so, Adam is going ok but won’t be available this week.
“Mo, probably not this week and even Morgan and Fletch, they’re not fully fir.
“Steven has trained for three days, Morgan has only trained one day, but it’s a case of needs must, and the leadership side of it with those two especially.
“Hopefully Birmingham will have done them good, we’ll keep building.”
This is something of a concerning update from Monk, with the Owls needing to have as many of their most important players as fully fit as possible, if they are going to be able to build on the point they picked up at Birmingham last weekend.
Fletcher and Fox had both returned to action from the bench at St Andrew’s, but with both players clearly not still fully fit from their respective injuries it could be something of a potential risk to bring them into the side against Charlton on Wednesday.
The pair are crucial players for the Owls and Monk’s side need them playing right now to help them improve their form and consistency, which shows just how much they have struggled without them that they are having to risk them both by bringing them in to the side when not fully fit.
The Owls will also be without Luongo and Reach, with the pair having been key absentees over the past few weeks, and Monk will be needing to get those two players back as soon as possible to help improve the quality and options available to him.