Luongo closing in on Owls return – Monk

Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk says Massimo Luongo is close to making a return to action, but this weekend is likely to come too early.

Luongo joined the Owls from Queens Park Rangers this summer in a deal worth a reported £1million and he made a good start to life in Sheffield, scoring two goals from eight Championship appearances.

However, the Australia international was forced off in the 1-0 home victory over rock-bottom Stoke City last month after picking up an ankle knock although the injury was not expected to keep him out for too long.

It was thought the 27-year-old would only be missing for one match but that hasn’t proven to be the case, with the midfielder missing the 0-0 draw at home to Leeds United and the 2-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

Luongo was hoping to be fit for Saturday’s clash against Swansea City at Hillsborough but Monk, who was speaking at his press conference, says the Aussie is expected to miss the Welsh outfit’s visit.

“He’s edging towards it. He’s possibly unlikely this week but will be back in training possibly next week,” he was quoted as saying by The Star. “It’s taking a bit longer than we thought but again, he’s nearly there, it’s just that slight little bit he needs to go through.

“He’s unlikely for the weekend.”

Wednesday are sitting seventh in the Championship table ahead of this weekend’s action, just one point behind Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, who occupy fifth and sixth position respectively.

The Owls are unbeaten in their last four home league games, with draws against Fulham and Leeds coming either side of back-to-back victories over Wigan Athletic and Stoke.