'He is a fighter, which I like' - Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk pays tribute to midfield ace

As he readily admits, Massimo Luongo has had his fair share of injury problems this season.

By Dom Howson
Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 12:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 10:57 pm

Lady luck has not been on the combative midfielder's side since he swapped West London for South Yorkshire last August.

Ankle, knee and head injuries has meant Luongo has missed parts of Wednesday's league programme.

And now the Australian international looks set for another spell on the sidelines after picking up a groin strain.

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The 27-year-old sat-out the FA Cup tie against his former club Queens Park Rangers last week and manager Garry Monk has confirmed Luongo could be missing for the next two matches through injury, starting with tonight’s trip to struggling Wigan Athletic.

"I was talking to him about it (the injuries) and he feels his season has been a little bit stop-start," Monk told The Star.

"As soon as he starts to get into some type of form, he then gets some sort of setback.

"Even though they have not been major ones, they are little niggly ones that have stopped him.

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Massimo Luongo. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

"But it is what we have to deal with.

"He is a really good lad and pro. He is a fighter, which I like about him."

Although Luongo has endured much misfortune with injuries and been in and out of the Owls side, he has still clocked up 21 appearances, notching two goals.

Monk said: "He will be back. If it not this week in terms of available for the games, he should be training by the end of the week and into next week."