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Sheffield Wednesday: Fitness update could mean first team return for Massimo Luongo

Sheffield Wednesday: Fitness update could mean first team return for Massimo Luongo - Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has confirmed that he has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of their game against West Brom on Saturday (via @swfc).

That would indicate that Australian midfielder Massimo Luongo is available for the game at the Hawthorns.

Luongo joined the South Yorkshire club from QPR in the summer and after biding his time he broke into the team in October and started three games in a row (Transfermarkt).

However, he then picked up an injury and has missed their last three fixtures against Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City (Transfermarkt).

But it would appear that he is now fully fit and ready to return after Owls boss Monk confirmed that he has no injuries to contend with ahead of their game against West Brom.

Speaking via Sheffield Wednesday’s official Twitter account, Monk said: “Palmer and Nuhiu have come back in good health from internationals so we have a fully fit squad which is obviously good news.”

Luongo’s potential return is certainly good news for the Owls. He was in great form prior to his injury, scoring two goals in three games from midfield (Transfermarkt).

Since he has been out, Wednesday have managed to score just three goals in three games (swfc.co.uk), so he could add more potency to the team.

However, it could be bad news for someone in the squad who may lose their place in the starting 11 if Monk decides to throw Luongo straight back in.

The 40-year-old experimented in the Aussie’s absence by going 4-4-2 against Swansea with Atdhe Nuhiu joining Steven Fletcher up front (Transfermarkt).

However, it didn’t really work as they could only draw the game 2-2. Monk may well revert back to his favoured 4-3-3 system which he played before Luongo got hurt (Transfermarkt) and put ex-Swindon back in the team. If he does do that, then it would at the expense of one of the two strikers, probably Nuhiu.

The Kosovan is behind Fletcher in the pecking order. Indeed, the Scot has started 15 league games this season (Transfermarkt), whilst Nuhiu has made just four starts (Transfermarkt).

Sheffield Wednesday fans, would you start Massimo Luongo against West Brom on Saturday? And if so, who would you leave out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…


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