A glimpse at the fixture list from now right up to the new year shows exactly why emphasis is placed on having a squad fit and ready.
Wednesday have ten games between now and New Year’s Day and begin with a trip to league leaders West Brom on Saturday.
Having had several injury concerns before the break, Garry Monk says the recent international break has been good for the team on a number of levels.
Joe Wildsmith aside, who is continuing to make strides with his recovery, Wednesday have a fully fit squad with the likes of Julian Börner, Massimo Luongo and Sam Hutchinson all available.
Atdhe Nuhiu and Liam Palmer have returned from international duty in good shape too after featuring heavily for Kosovo and Scotland respectively and Monk said:
“Atdhe and Palms came back in good health and have been back out on the training field so we have, apart from Joe Wildsmith who is a couple of weeks away from fitness, a clean bill of health.
“The good thing is that it’s perfect timing to have a clean bill of health in the squad as we are about to come into our busiest spell of the season.
“The next two or three months are hectic with games everywhere and I said it before the international break, everyone is going to have to be ready.
“There will be suspensions, injuries, freshness and everyone will be called upon so it’s their job to be ready.
“To have that going through this international break, we’ve done some good work, some hard work and have come through it with good health, which bodes well for the coming period, definitely.”