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Monk determined to get the best out of Forestieri

20th September 2019, 14:50 by Chris Rivers

New Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk says he hopes to be able to help Fernando Forestieri rediscover some consistency in front of goal.

The Argentine forward is currently serving a six-match ban after being suspended by the Football Association for using racist language in a 2018 pre-season friendly.

Monk is eagerly anticipating the return of the 29-year-old, who will next be available to feature against Cardiff City on 18 October.

The recently appointed Owls boss is hopeful of getting the best out of the striker, who came close to firing the South Yorkshire outfit to promotion in back-to-back seasons.

However, in the last two campaigns, Forestieri has been hampered by injury and suspension, missing nearly the entirety of the 2017/18 campaign with a knee issue.

He managed 25 appearances in the Championship last term, scoring six times, but the year was overshadowed by issues away from the pitch and Monk is keen for him to refocus his attention.

The boss says Forestieri has returned from a break to begin working on his fitness and hopes he will hit the ground running when he is finally cleared to play again next month, indicating he is a big part of his plans for Wednesday.

“I have spoke to Fernando, and we all know what type of player he is and what he can bring to us.

“But for him to be able to really deliver that, he needs to be in a condition to do it. He understands that, and it’s for us to work with him to make sure we can push him.

“But it will come down to the player, it’s quite unusual for a player to have this type of period out, and important he uses that time wisely.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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