Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has revealed that top scorer Steven Fletcher is set to miss eight to ten weeks due to a knee injury.
The Scotsman has been a key man for the Owls this season–top-scoring for Monk’s side with 12 goals in 22 games.
His availability has been limited in recent weeks due to injury issues but he was brought back for the FA Cup tie against Brighton at the start of the month.
Wednesday beat the Seagulls 1-0 but Fletcher was carried off in the second half after picking up yet another knee injury.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the Owls’ clash with Leeds United on the weekend, Monk revealed the extent of the striker’s injury.
💬 GM: Steven Fletcher has had his scan and it’s good and bad news. Structurally the knee is fine but he will be out for a significant period of time, we’re looking at 8-10 weeks #swfcLIVE
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) January 9, 2020
Wednesday have been in poor league form over the festive period, losing three times since Boxing Day, and have now slipped out of the top six.
They face Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday in what looks set to be a real test for Monk’s side, with the Whites top of the Championship.
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Monk may have tried to spin this as bittersweet news but this looks a real nightmare for the Owls.
Fletcher has been fantastic for them this season and they have looked toothless in his absence.
Their other strikers have scored just six goals between them this season–a number inflated by Jordan Rhodes first-half hat-trick against Nottingham Forest.
You’d imagine the Yorkshire club will now push hard for a new striker in January.