Sheffield Wednesday will be hoping to get back to winning ways in their promotion bid, as they take on Swansea City on Saturday at Hillsborough.
The Owls suffered a defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers last weekend, and Garry Monk will be looking to see a positive response from his team this weekend.
It certainly won’t be an easy game for Monk’s side though, with Swansea currently sitting fourth in the Championship table coming into this one.
They have looked impressive under the guidance of Steve Cooper, who has seen his side put in a number of impressive performances already in this year’s campaign.
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Speaking in a pre-match press conference ahead of the game, Monk provided an update on a key trio who have been nursing injuries in recent weeks.
“Barry Bannan is good, he’s been back in training this week. Massimo is nearly there but unlikely for the weekend. Tom Lees has had a good period now with no reaction so he’ll be back in contention after the international break.”
Bannan missed the defeat to Blackburn with a groin injury, but it seems as though he’s likely to start against the Swans which will be . a huge boost to their chances of coming away from the game with a positive result.
Lees hasn’t featured for the Owls first team since late August, but has recently stepped up his recovery for their Under-23’s team in the last couple of weeks.
Garry Monk will be hoping to have all three players back in contention to feature for his side at the earliest of opportunities, as they look to stay within touching distance of the top-six in the Championship.
It’ll be good to have Bannan back and available for the game as he always leaves a sizeable void in the Sheffield Wednesday midfield when he’s not available.
But the international break seems as though it’s going to come at a good time, as it’ll give key players a chance to get match-fit ahead of their busy schedule heading into the festive period.
If Monk can keep the key members of his squad injury-free for the majority of this year’s league campaign, then I can see the Owls challenging for promotion into the Premier League this term.