Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk opens up on busy fixture schedule as the Owls gear up for Charlton Athletic test

The fixture schedule can be brutal and unforgiving at times in the hustle-and-bustle of the Championship.

By Dom Howson
Friday, 29th November 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 29th November 2019, 11:50 am

Take the impending clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic as a classic case in point.

The Owls will travel to the capital to take on the injury-hit Addicks on Saturday lunchtime, just over 48 hours after a frustrating home draw with Birmingham City.

While Garry Monk's troops were in action on Wednesday evening against his former employers, Charlton played 24 hours earlier, losing 2-1 at struggling Luton Town. The extra preparation and recovery time the London club have had could benefit them in the final analysis.

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But Monk has refused to complain about the schedule and ordered his players to focus on the job in hand.

"We have no choice; it (the schedule) is what it is," said Monk, who will have to make one enforced change at centre-half with Julian Börner ruled out through suspension. "We have to deal with it whether we like it or not.

"We don't have time to prepare properly physically and all these things but it is what it is and we have to get on with it.

"That's the mentality and we will get on with it and prepare for the game.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk during last night's 1-1 draw with Birmingham City. Picture: Steve Ellis

"The good thing in this period is you can't dwell on anything. You have to keep pushing forward and that's what we need to do."

To combat the quick turnaround, there is a strong possibility Monk will rotate his squad at The Valley. Sam Hutchinson is poised to return to midfield after being rested in midweek. He could replace Kieran Lee in the centre if Monk decides to stick with a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Jacob Murphy may get the nod over Adam Reach out wide while captain Tom Lees is in pole position to come in for Börner, who will serve a one-match ban after picking up five yellow cards.

Monk added: "The Championship is physically the most demanding league in the world. Every game is a battle and a challenge.

"The schedule is great in one sense because you love it but it is also very difficult in a process way because it is such a quick turnover.”