Sheffield Wednesday suffer Forestieri blow

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY head coach Jos Luhukay has confirmed that the Owls will be without forward Fernando Forestieri for a few weeks with a hamstring issue.

The Argentine striker suffered the injury in the 2-1 win at Bristol City ahead of the international break.

Luhukay, who confirmed that Barry Bannan and Steven Fletcher will be available for Friday night’s televised game with fourth-placed Middlesbrough at Hillsborough - who Wednesday can draw level on points with if they win - said: “Fernando has an injury and is not available for the next few weeks.

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“He got injured in the last minutes at Bristol with a hamstring problem and last week, he had a scan and the result was that he will not be available for a few weeks.”

Meanwhile, Luhukay says that Sam Winnall could make a further step forward in his road back to the first-team fray by appearing for the under-23s at the weekend - following a long-term injury.

Joost van Aken is also progressing well and is likely to play for the under-23s in the next few weeks according to Luhukay, also without a number of other players including Marco Matias and Gary Hooper.

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri and West Bromwich Albion's Kyle Bartley battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at Hillsborough (Picture: PA)
Injured: Fernando Forestieri at the final whistle. (Picture: Steve Ellis)