Sheffield Wednesday midfielder ruled out – but Sam Hutchinson should be fine…

George Byers’ wait to return to action for Sheffield Wednesday will go on a little bit longer after Darren Moore confirmed that he won’t face Oxford United – but Sam Hutchinson should be fine.

Friday, 1st October 2021, 5:00 pm
Sam Hutchinson should be fine for Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Byers has missed the last few games for the Owls due to a groin strain, while Hutchinson looked uncomfortable as he came off in the second half of their win 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic earlier this week.

Moore explained to the media on Friday afternoon that Wednesday had no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Oxford on Saturday afternoon, also going on to add that Lewis Gibson was ‘fine’ as his long-awaited debut seemingly looms closer.

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The Owls boss said, "George won’t be ready, but we’ll have a look at him for next week… It’s been a strain, an ongoing groin strain - you keep getting close, it’s nothing overly concerning, but he just needs time to let it settle down…

“Sam trained with the group today. What I always try and do is let the players come in on the day of the game and give it right up to the last minute.”

He also spoke about player availability in general, saying, “What we’re finding now is that we’re starting to get people back fit… We’ve also got all these new signings who we’re trying to get fit, and one or two now are coming off the treatment table.

“When you have games coming thick and fast, to have the volume of the squad back in numbers is really pleasing. The key is to keep them all fit and ready to go. We want to selection headache really when you have the multitude of games that we have.”

Wednesday face an Oxford side who will be buoyant on the back of their 5-1 thrashing of Accrington Stanley earlier in the week, however the Owls got a big win of their own against then league-leaders, Wigan, and will be fully aware of the fact that a win over The U’s could take them back up into the Play-Off places if other results go their way.