Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray’s sorrow over latest Sam Hutchinson injury blow

Sam Hutchinson was close to tears as he left the field injured
Sam Hutchinson was close to tears as he left the field injured
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Head coach Stuart Gray has spoken of his sorrow over Sam Hutchinson’s latest injury setback.

The midfielder was taken off after six minutes of Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Watford after sustaining a knee problem.

It was Hutchinson’s first start since mid-August and Gray, speaking at his pre-match press briefing ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Brentford, has confirmed the former Chelsea player will be out of action for a minimum of a couple of weeks.

The 25-year-old was set to go for a scan on his knee this afternoon. Hutchinson has featured just four times during the 2014/15 season. He picked up a back injury against Millwall, a knock which sidelined him for 10 matches in all competitions.

Gray said: “Sam is on crutches. It is his bad knee that he has injured. We are just waiting for scan results.

“You always fear the worst when someone is on crutches. He is in a lot of pain. It is upsetting for him and the club.

“I am just hoping it is good news. He is going to be out for a number of weeks, if not maybe longer.”

The Wednesday chief insists he has no regrets over signing Hutchinson in the summer despite his injury track record. The former England Under-19 international stopped playing football at the age of 21 due to a degenerative knee condition before making a remarkable return two and a half years ago.

Hutchinson enjoyed a productive loan spell at Hillsborough last season, prompting Gray to bring him in on a permanent basis.

“There are lots of players in their careers who have had serious injuries,” stated Gray, who is set to take charge of his 50th match as Owls boss tomorrow. “Sam came within our budget. We had him in the building last season. We know what he can give for the team.

“Let’s just hope the scan is good news for him and his family. You could not wish to meet a more genuine individual.

“Sam is totally dedicated to being a professional footballer. He’s had a really, really tough time.”

Lewis Buxton (knee) is ruled out of the Championship tussle at Griffin Park. The defender damaged his knee in training last Friday and is still awaiting scan results.