Sheffield Wednesday: Hutchinson in race against time for Foxes clash

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Owls loan ace Sam Hutchinson faces a race against time to be fit for their trip to table-topping Leicester City.

The 24-year-old sat out Saturday’s heavy defeat to Watford due to a knee injury which forced him off against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Hutchinson, who can be deployed at right-back, centre-half or in central midfield, was sorely missed in the middle of the park as the Owls lost 4-1 at home to the Hornets for the second successive season.

Coach John Deehan told The Star that the Chelsea loanee “was not close” to featuring against Watford.

“We knew 48 hours before the match that Sam wasn’t going to be able to play,” said Deehan, who also confirmed the utility player has been receiving treatment for the problem at his parent club.

Wednesday have begun their preparations for Friday’s tussle at top-of-the-table Leicester. Deehan, who stood in for Owls head coach Stuart Gray last weekend as Gray attended his son’s wedding, has rubbished suggestions that was the reason why the Owls turned in one of their worst performances of the campaign.

“I don’t think it affected the players,” said Deehan. “You would have to ask the players. But the preparation was exactly the same as always.

“Stuart coached the team, he selected the team, nothing changed in that respect. We lost out to a better team on the day.”

Deehan, who joined Gray’s coaching staff earlier this year, sees no reason why the team can’t pull off an upset at Leicester.

“Where better to go and try and get a positive response than the team that are leading the league,” he said.