Date: 27th June 2020 at 1:49pm
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Sheffield Wednesday could be without Steven Fletcher against Bristol City due to a ‘hamstring injury’. The 33-year-old suffered the muscle problem in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest and hasn’t taken part in training leading up to Sunday’s outing. Fletcher is also out of contract next week, so he may have played his final game for the Owls.

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Monk explained the situation in his pre-match press conference via Yorkshire Live: “Fletcher’s scan came back clear but he still feels sore and hasn’t trained this week so it is highly unlikely he will be involved for the weekend.” It’s a blow for Wednesday, as the £1.26m-rated striker has scored 13 goals in 27 league games this season, eight of which came in his last 12 outings.

Fletcher has bagged more goals than Fernando Forestieri (2), Connor Wickham (1), Jordan Rhodes (3), Atdhe Nuhiu (3) and Sam Winnall (1) put together in 2019/20, so he’ll be a big loss for Monk. The Scottish international scored 38 goals in 136 games since his 2016-move from Sunderland. Replacing him won’t be an easy task.

Vital Wednesday have suggested that Tyler Walker, Sammy Ameobi and Lyle Taylor should be on their shortlist this summer, but it remains to be seen which player(s) will be brought in.

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