Sheffield Wednesday sweating on fitness of key midfielder ahead of Wigan Athletic test

Defensive midfielder Sam Hutchinson is a doubt for Sheffield Wednesday's trip to relegation-haunted Wigan Athletic tonight.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:35 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 3:52 pm

The 30-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of the season, limped off in Friday's FA Cup win over Queens Park Rangers with a knee injury.

Speaking to the press corps on Monday morning, boss Garry Monk said he was unsure if Hutchinson would be available for selection for the clash against second-from-bottom Wigan.

Monk said: "We have not trained yet. Yesterday (Sunday) was more about recovery for the ones that played on Friday.

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Owls midfielder Sam Hutchinson

"Today is the first training session. I don't expect to see him (Hutchinson) there but I will see with the physios when I have meeting with them."

Full-back Liam Palmer looks unlikely to make his first-team comeback at the DW Stadium. Palmer is back in full training, having recovered from an ankle injury sustained at home to Cardiff City last month.

Monk said: "We will have a look at this training session whether it is for this game on Tuesday or availability for the weekend.

"He probably needs a full week's training but I will see. Sometimes needs must.

"He trained all of the back end of last week and over the weekend. I will assess him after the training session today."

Wednesday have slipped to 10th in the Championship, four points outside of the play-off positions, after losing four out of their last five matches.