Steven Fletcher is currently out of action with a knee injury, but he’s not expected to be sidelined for long, according to Garry Monk. The 32-year-old picked up the knock in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, but he could make a full recovery in less than a week.
Monk told Dom Howson of the Sheffield Star: “The good thing is that the x-ray has come back good, so there’s no break or anything like that. If it’s a hyperextension then it shouldn’t be too long, it would be days or a week.
“But we’ll have to see about the damage around the knee. At this moment in time I can’t say whether it’s going to be this or that. Best case scenario is that it’s three, four, seven days. That’s what we’ll be lighting a candle for, we’ll have to see.”
Fletcher has made 23 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 14 goals. The Scottish international has been vital for Wednesday’s pursuit of the Championship playoffs, so Monk’s decision to play him in the FA Cup could prove costly if he misses out against Leeds United (January 11).
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Wednesday currently sit 8th in the table with 39 points from 26 games and are coming off the back of three consecutive defeats. They haven’t won a league game that Fletcher hasn’t started in this season, so his return will be eagerly anticipated.
The 32-year-old contributed eight goals in his last six games before illness ruled him out in mid-December. Fletcher should be fit to face Blackburn Rovers on January 18 if he doesn’t return this week.