Sheffield Wednesday duo ruled out of Birmingham City clash
Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Neil Thompson has ruled Massimo Luongo and Andre Green out of this weekend’s match at home to Birmingham City.
Midfielder Luongo has missed the Owls’ past three Championship fixtures with a thigh injury, while an Achilles problem ruled winger Green out of their victory over Wycombe Wanderers and Tuesday night’s defeat at Stoke City.
Both were expected to be minor problems but Wednesday will continue to be without the pair for the visit of Birmingham to Hillsborough at least.
“Neither of them will be available for the weekend,” Thompson confirmed in his pre-match press conference. “We will assess them after the weekend.”
Luongo has endured a miserable past few months on the injury front, with his latest problem coming shortly after making his return from successive knee injuries, and he hasn’t started a match since early December as a result.
Green started Sheffield Wednesday’s first two matches after joining the club on a free transfer in January, but the former Aston Villa man was an unused substitute in the following games before injury denied him the chance to force his way back into the side.
They are not the only injury problems for the Owls, with defenders Moses Odubajo and Joost van Aken both absent with hamstring and groin injuries respectively.
For van Aken it looks a particularly serious problem, with Thompson sounding caution that the Dutchman could be out for a significant period of time.
“Joost is a quite long way away,” he said. “He is an honest footballer and a lovely young man. At the minute he is battling against injury and trying to get himself fit.
“He’s certainly not going to be coming back in the next couple of weeks. We will monitor it as we go through.”
Goalkeeper Cameron Dawson (knee) also remains out, along with centre-back Dominic Iorfa (Achilles) who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Elsewhere, Thompson said that Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Izzy Brown needed to work on their fitness before earning more significant involvement with the team.
Neither has set foot on a Championship pitch since a defeat to Coventry City at the end of last month, with both unused substitutes yet again at Stoke in midweek.
Caretaker boss Thompson said: “We will see when we can get them some minutes and they have just got to be patient and continue working on their fitness levels.
“In terms of match fitness, they’re behind it. We are better now we are back on grass but we’ll monitor them as we go along. There is a long way to go yet but I’m sure they will get their opportunities.”