Sheffield Wednesday: Hutchinson winning Fulham fitness battle

Sam Hutchinson picked up a foot injury at Blackpool.
Sam Hutchinson picked up a foot injury at Blackpool.

Combative midfielder Sam Hutchinson is winning his battle to be fit to face troubled Fulham.

The Owls player was taken off in the 18th minute of Saturday’s hard-fought victory at Blackpool after suffering a foot injury.

Ex-Chelsea youngster Hutchinson left Bloomfield Road wearing a protective boot, with Wednesday boss Stuart Gray saying his foot was “very tender” and “swollen”, prompting the club’s medical team to send him for a scan.

But The Star understands Hutchinson will take part in first-team training today as he looks to prove his fitness ahead of this weekend’s Hillsborough clash with relegation-threatened Fulham.

It would be a major plus for Wednesday if Hutchinson is available for selection, given midfield enforcer Jose Semedo remains on the sidelines because of a foot problem.

Gray said: “Jose [Semedo] is struggling to put weight on his foot so it sounds like it’s going to be weeks rather than days.”

If Hutchinson fails to shake off his foot knock, Gray could hand a first-team recall to Marnick Vermijl and move Kieran Lee into the middle of the park.

Filipe Melo, an unused substitute against Blackpool, was given a run-out in the Owls’ development squad’s goalless draw at Coventry City yesterday. The midfielder, who has played just once since arriving from Portugese side Moreirenses last month, featured along with Lewis Buxton and Rhys McCabe.

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