Sheffield Wednesday travel to Barnsley on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways against their Yorkshire rivals, with the Owls having failed to win any of their last three matches in the Championship.
Garry Monk’s side were held to a goalless draw by Millwall last time out, but the Owls were busy in the transfer market during the last few days of the window, bringing in Josh Windass, Connor Wickham and Alessio Da Cruz on loan from Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace and Parma respectively to boost their attacking options.
Wednesday could again be able to call upon the services of Liam Palmer against Barnsley, after the right-back made a return to the side from injury and managed to complete the full ninety minutes and help the Owls record a clean sheet.
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The Owls could also be set to welcome back midfielder Kieran Lee, with the 31-year-old having returned to training from injury over the last week or so, and Monk confirmed in his press conference ahead of the trip to Barnsley that he should be available for selection this weekend.
Monk also confirmed that the Owls will asses Massimo Luongo’s fitness ahead of the trip to Oakwell, with the midfielder having returned to training after he suffered a groin injury during Wednesday’s 5-0 defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers a few weeks ago, and the Australia international is in with a 50-50 chance of being involved.
Morgan Fox is also in a similar position to Luongo, with the full-back also set to be assessed ahead of the game to Barnsley to determine whether he is ready to make his return to first team involvement, after the defender limped out of their 2-1 defeat away at Wigan.
Steven Fletcher remains a long-term absentee, but Monk was at least able to provide a positive update over the striker’s recovery from a knee injury suffered during the Owls’ FA Cup win at Premier League Brighton, with the forward set to return to potential first team action at the start of March.