The new Sheffield Wednesday recruit Manuel Hidalgo is not in contention for Friday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers, according to Garry Monk.
Hidalgo became Monk’s first signing as Wednesday manager earlier this month, joining from US Triestina Calcio on an 18-month contract.
But despite being pictured in training with the Owls’ first team this week, the 20-year-old remains, for now, a development squad player.
“No (he won’t play). As I said he’s been brought in initially (to be) with the Under-23s, to build him up through there,” Monk told the official Sheffield Wednesday Facebook account yesterday (Wednesday).
As it is with young players, it’s more of a long-term view. He’s missed a little bit of football. So he’s there to train and get fit. Like all the young lads, when the opportunity to come to the first team, if they’re doing well enough, that’ll be then.
Hidalgo spent time on trial at Middlewood Road earlier this season, but he has yet to appear in a competitive fixture for the Wednesday U23s.
The Argentine winger had failed to feature at all for Triestina in the 2019/20 campaign, explaining his lack of match practice.
The young Owls trio Osaze Urhoghide, Alex Hunt and Ben Hughes have each been involved in first-team squads of late and could be part of the travelling party to QPR.
Monk insisted that Wednesday are looking to progress even further in the FA Cup, having already knocked out Brighton and Hove Albion of the Premier League in this year’s competition.
The 40-year-old also expressed his hope that the Owls will soon have ‘one or two’ more players to call on through the loan transfer market.