Sheffield Wednesday: Hutchinson ruled out for up to two months

Sam Hutchinson faces eight weeks on the sidelines.
Sam Hutchinson faces eight weeks on the sidelines.
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Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray has today confirmed Sam Hutchinson will be out of action for two months because of a knee injury.

The 25-year-old was taken off after six minutes of Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by Watford, having suffered the problem. That was Hutchinson’s first start in two months after the former Chelsea player recovered from a back injury which he sustained against Millwall.

Gray, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of their Hillsborough clash with fifth-placed Norwich, said Hutchinson saw the specialist yesterday.

“It is not his old knee injury,” said Gray. “You are probably looking at a timescale of two months that Sam is going to be out for with his knee injury.

“It is a blow. Players don’t want to be in the treatment room. It is disappointing but that’s the hand we have been dealt and we’ve got to get on with it.”

Gray, who is still looking to bring in a Premier League striker on loan, said right-back Lewis Buxton (knee) is expected to resume first-team training early next week.

The Owls chief will have to make one enforced change to his backline as Joe Mattock is unavailable for selection due to suspension, having picked up five bookings.