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Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk provides promising injury update ahead of Leeds clash

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has provided a promising injury update on injured duo Kieren Westwood and Massimo Luongo.

Luongo scored the winner for the Owls against Stoke City last night but was forced to leave the field in the 54th minute after picking up an injury.

Westwood has not featured since he was withdrawn during the warm-up ahead of the 1-1 draw with Cardiff City on Friday evening.

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The Owls face Leeds United at Hillsborough on Saturday and, speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, Monk provided an update on the fitness of Westwood and Luongo ahead of that tie.

On Luongo, he said: “We’ll assess him. I think it was just a kick and he just felt it too much to carry on. It’s just a knock and we will assess him tomorrow.”

When asked about Westwood’s fitness, he replied: “He has been down with the physios to have a scan just to make sure we know if there is anything. The scan has come back clear, so that’s good.

“We’ll see him when we’re back in training tomorrow.

“Right now he has not been declared fit but obviously the scans have come back very clear and fine so we’ll see (whether he’ll be in contention for Leeds on the weekend).”

Luongo joined Wednesday in the summer and has been a first-team regular in recent weeks–starting the last three Championship games and scoring winning goals in two of those.

Westwood has been the Owls’ first-choice goalkeeper this season, missing just three league games through both suspension and injury.

Monk’s side head into their clash with Yorkshire rivals Leeds just one point behind Marcelo Bielsa’s men, knowing a win would see them leapfrog them in the table.

The Verdict

Monk’s comments indicate that both players should be back soon, potentially even for the Leeds game, which is really promising for Wednesday.

Luongo has become an important player for the Owls in recent weeks, adding a real dynamism in midfield that could be key against the Whites.

Cameron Dawson put in an impressive performance in Westwood’s place last night, so you feel having him missing would be less of a blow.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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