The international break appears to have come at the perfect time for Garry Monk and Sheffield Wednesday.
After making a fantastic start to life at Hillsborough, Monk’s Owls are without a win in their last three games–having lost to Blackburn Rovers and drawn with Leeds United and Swansea City.
The break should let Monk’s side to rest and re-group, work on some of their issues and then look to end their winless run.
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Wednesday have 11 days until their next match in the Championship, a tough test against league leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Wednesday are eighth and just three points from top six, meaning they’re still very much in contention for the play-offs but face some tough games over the next few weeks, including clashes with the Baggies, Charlton Athletic, and Brentford
Monk will likely need his full strength squad across that run and with the yellow card threshold set to reset at 19 games, he will be hoping to avoid any suspensions in the next three games.
With that in mind, here are the two players that will be walking a tightrope in the next few weeks.
When Borner arrived in the summer, Wednesday fans could have been forgiven for not getting too excited about a 28-year-old defender arriving after seeing his deal expire with Bundesliga 2 side Arminia Bielefeld.
However, the German has been fantastic for the Owls this season–starting all but one of their Championship games and making the most blocks and third-most interceptions in the squad, according to Whoscored.
Borner has been integral to the Owls defence and has helped them to keep six clean sheets already, the second most of any side in the division.
The centre-back has four yellow cards to his name already, so he needs to be careful as one more would mean he gets a one-game suspension.
The Scottish forward has been integral for Wednesday in the final third and is their top scorer with five goals to his name.
The Owls toothless display against Hull City when he was out injured highlighted just how important he is to their frontline.
Monk’s other striking options, Atdhe Nuhiu, Sam Winnall, and Jordan Rhodes, have scored just twice between them in the league, which further emphasises that it is vital he stays available.
Fletcher has been shown three yellow cards this season, meaning he needs to avoid picking up two more in the next three games to ensure he doesn’t pick up a suspension.