Sheffield Wednesday have been handed a massive boost this week…
Owls star Sam Hutchinson was pictured back in training after missing their south Yorkshire derby victory last weekend through injury.
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) March 24, 2021
The versatile 31-year-old, who can play in midfield and defence, was withdrawn early with a hamstring problem in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town.
Speaking after the win over Barnsley just days later, Owls boss Darren Moore revealed why Hutchinson did not feature: “We didn’t want to risk him today and it was the right decision. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to go and get back into training next week.”
And that now seems to be the case.
It may well be the international break, but clearly, it gives Moore a chance to welcome back some of his injured stars ahead of what will be the club’s biggest nine-game run in recent times.
The Owls are living perilously in 23rd position, some six points adrift of safety, though they do hold a one-game advantage over 21st-placed Birmingham City.
Wednesday return to action a week Friday when they head to north London to face promotion favourites Watford, and having a vastly-experienced player like Hutchinson back will be a big boost.
The veteran midfielder has been playing at centre-back in recent matches, mainly due to the mounting injury crisis at the club. The likes of Dominic Iorfa, Chey Dunkley, Joost van Aken and Liam Shaw have all been on the treatment table, as per YorkshireLive.
Hutchinson was part of the Owls side that achieved back-to-back playoff campaigns under Carlos Carvalhal and was brought back to the club in January to pull them out of the mire.
As Wednesday reporter Dom Howson put it perfectly on his return, ‘ Hutchinson is a leader and an organiser on the field. His passion, determination and never-say-die attitude is infectious and can rub off on team-mates.’
Moore will surely be thrilled to see the “full-blooded” Hutchinson back in training ahead of a season-defining run.
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