Sheffield Wednesday: This is what Garry Monk had to say on Jordan Rhodes' future

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has stressed club-record signing Jordan Rhodes remains part of his future plans.

The centre-forward has not figured in the last three matches, with his last Owls appearance coming in the Carabao Cup at Rotherham United on August 28.

Rhodes, an £8m acquisition from Middlesbrough in February 2017, has not been included in the matchday squads for Monk's opening two fixtures against Huddersfield Town and Fulham.

Monk, appointed Wednesday's boss earlier this month, told The Star: "It is very difficult. I wish I could have everyone on the bench.

Owls striker Jordan Rhodes has not played this month

"Jordan deserves to be on the bench or even starting games, but I have to pick a squad.

"It is the same with Joey [Pelupessy] and Thorns [Jordan Thorniley] who are pushing and deserve to be involved, but I can only pick 11 starting and I can only pick seven for the bench.

"Unfortunately, that is how it works but I have said from the start that the whole squad will be needed and that moment could come on Tuesday or next Saturday.

"There will be some point in the season where everyone is going to be needed and when they have that opportunity it is up to them to take it."

Club captain Tom Lees is likely to miss out for the fourth match running when they welcome Everton to Hillsborough in the third round of the Carabao Cup. The centre-half is struggling to shake off a hamstring problem he sustained in the warm-up at home to Queens Park Rangers.

"He will probably miss Everton but we will see what he is like for the weekend," said Monk.

"It is not a hugely serious injury, but I think it is more with Tom's history that he needs that little bit of extra time.

"We don't want to risk Tom for one game and risk losing him for a long period. We want to make sure when he comes back he can sustain it."