Fitness checks for pair ahead of Blackburn trip

Wednesday will be monitoring the fitness of Julian Borner and Massimo Luongo ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blackburn.

Borner had to pull out of Saturday’s home draw with Leeds after suffering an ankle injury in the pre-match warm-up while Luongo failed to recover in time after taking a knock on a knee in the midweek win over Stoke.

Garry Monk said after the Leeds game: “Julian rolled his ankle and it was a blow but we recovered from that very well. Sam Hutchinson has played centre half before and he did very well today, as did Joey Pelupessy in midfield.

“Massimo was close but he has some swelling on his knee so we had to leave him out. We’ll have him assessed over the coming days and it will be the same for Julian.”

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