Garry Monk has voiced his confidence in Steven Fletcher being fit to face Wigan Athletic on Saturday after the Sheffield Wednesday striker missed the Owls’ defeat at Hull City with an ankle injury.
The midweek clash at the KCOM Stadium was Monk’s first defeat since taking charge of the Hillsborough natives (TransferMarkt) in September, with Fletcher being sidelined after sustaining an ankle injury during the closing stages of last week’s victory at Middlesbrough.
Fletcher had featured in all nine of Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship fixtures preceding the Owls’ trip to Hull on Tuesday (WhoScored), but could not face the Tigers as physios of the second-tier outfit did not consider the 32-year-old to be ready.
Monk stated after his first defeat in charge of the Hillsborough side that there was hope in seeing the 33-cap Scotland attacker back in contention to face the Latics, a game for which he will be without Sam Hutchinson after the midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.
Sheffield Wednesday’s medical department have continued to monitor Fletcher’s recovery in the hope of seeing the swelling to his ankle ease, and Monk is growing increasingly confident that the forward will not be forced to miss his second game of the league term.
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Speaking on Thursday, in quotes shared by the Owls’ official Twitter account, Monk said: “We are very hopeful, 99% sure Steven Fletcher will be available [to face Wigan].
“We still have another training session, and we’ll see how he comes through that.”
Monk added that he is unlikely to call on Tom Lees for the Latics affair and will instead look to reintroduce the 28-year-old to his plans after the upcoming international break.
Sheffield Wednesday certainly appeared to miss having Fletcher on the field against Hull on Tuesday night, as the Owls enjoyed 12 shots on George Long’s net at the KCOM Stadium but could only fashion a quarter of those on target, as per WhoScored data.
Fletcher, though, had scored five goals in his nine league outings and recorded one assist, as he converted just under half of his 11 on-target strikes into results, which helped decide victories over Barnsley, Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough, while giving the Owls a foot in proceedings as they lost at Preston North End and at home to Queens Park Rangers.
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