Sheffield Wednesday: Delight over return of Marco Matias but fears for Sam Hutchinson

Marco Matias made his first appearance of the season against Barnsley on Saturday
Marco Matias made his first appearance of the season against Barnsley on Saturday
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Carlos Carvalhal has expressed his delight over Marco Matias making his long-awaited comeback.

Having been dogged by injury problems all season, the former Nacional forward returned to action in their 1-1 draw with Barnsley yesterday.

Matias, who won goal of the season last year for his sublime strike against Leeds United, was introduced as a second half replacement at Oakwell.

It was the 27-year-old's first outing in 11 months, having undergone two operations and then a lengthy rehabilitation programme to help balance the strength in his muscles which weakened as a result of his injury.

Wednesday boss Carvalhal told The Star: "Marco played well and did a job like others. All of our players gave their maximum.

"Marco hadn't played in a long, long time but he has been training with us for a few weeks now.

Sam Hutchinson picked up a calf injury in Saturday's draw at Oakwell

Sam Hutchinson picked up a calf injury in Saturday's draw at Oakwell

"He's completely fit and has no pain for the first time in a long, long time."

Wednesday could be without the services of Sam Hutchinson when they go to bottom-of-the-table Rotherham United on Tuesday night. The midfield enforcer sustained a calf problem versus Barnsley and was withdrawn in the 36th minute of the South Yorkshire derby.

Carvalhal, who was unable to call upon Fernando Forestieri, Ross Wallace, Will Buckley and Kieran Lee due to injury, said: "It will be difficult for Sam to recover but let's see.

"We have more players to play. Jono [David Jones] came inside and he did very well. He did a good game.

"We must give confidence to the players even though we are missing another one. We are still running and fighting to the limit with the players we have."