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£1m player appears to hint that he could be in Wednesday's squad next week

The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Massimo Luongo seems to have declared himself ready for action.

Luongo has been sorely missed by Wednesday, who have won one and lost four of the six games for which he has been absent with a hyperextended knee.

But the Australian returned to full training last week and should be fit for selection after the international break, according to the now-departed Owls manager Garry Monk.

And Monk’s prediction appears to be accurate, with Luongo posting the following to his Instagram account earlier:

Luongo, for whom Wednesday are reported to have paid around £1 million last year, earned rave reviews for his performance as a makeshift centre-half in the Owls’ 1-0 win at Birmingham City last month, the match in which he suffered his injury.

But with several key defenders either having recently returned or being close to a return from absences of their own, the 28-year-old could be back in his usual central midfield role if called on for the trip to Preston North End.

Wednesday have used Adam Reach, Alex Hunt, Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Joey Pelupessy alongside Barry Bannan in recent weeks, with neither player able to tie down the position.

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