Sheffield Wednesday team news: Sam Hutchinson starts as Owls make two changes for tussle with promotion-chasing Middlesbrough

Defensive midfielder Sam Hutchinson has been handed his first start in over four months as managerless Sheffield Wednesday take on fourth-placed Middlesbrough this afternoon.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 26th December 2018, 12:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:11 pm
Sam Hutchinson makes his first start since August
Sam Hutchinson makes his first start since August

Hutchinson, frozen out by previous boss Jos Luhukay, replaces Joey Pelupessy in the middle of the park. It is the 29-year-old's first Championship start since Brentford on August 19 when he was taken off at half-time after giving away a penalty.

Caretaker boss Lee Bullen has also restored fans' favourite Barry Bannan, who has sat-out the last two fixtures due to suspension, to the starting line-up, with Josh Onomah making way.

Owls: Westwood; Palmer, Lees, Hector, Fox; Bannan, Hutchinson, Reach; Matias, Joao, Fletcher. Ssubstitutes: Dawson, Baker, Thorniley, Onomah, Pelupessy, Boyd, Nuhiu.