Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis told Owls Youtube Channel how losing Dominic Iorfa to an Achilles injury is a massive blow following his impressive displays.
Wednesday succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.
But the biggest disappointment of the day for the Owls was the injury sustained to Iorfa.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender came off in the 83rd minute with an Achilles injury which will require an operation and likely see him miss the rest of the season.
Speaking to reporters, Pulis says it’s a massive blow to lose a player of his quality.
“Dominic has been such a great lad since I come into the football club and he’s been desperate to play. I thought at times today he was very, very good. To lose him now is a massive blow for us. I think he will be having the operation on Monday or Tuesday. We certainly didn’t want to lose him because in training he has looked like a Rolls Royce for us, he’s been that good.”
Iorfa joined Wednesday from Wolves for a bargain £250,000 in January 2019.
His value would have increased significantly over the past two years, and his importance was illustrated last season as he won the club’s Player of the Year award.
Iorfa was making his ninth Championship start of the season. Capable of playing in central defence, at right-back and even as a holding midfielder, he will be a huge loss.
The Owls now must recoup for the trip to fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest in midweek.
The defeat to Barnsley leaves Wednesday bottom of the Championship table. January was important, and with Iorfa’s injury the upcoming transfer window is now even bigger.