Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal hints Sam Hutchinson could be involved against Brighton

The midfielder was left out of the Owls' Championship clash with Rotherham on Saturday due to a knee problem.

Carlos Carvalhal has hinted that Sam Hutchinson could be involved in Sheffield Wednesday's clash with Brighton on Tuesday, the Sheffield Star reports.

The utility player missed the Owls' game with Rotherham at the weekend due to a knee problem that kept him out for most of February (via Star), but the Portuguese has suggested that he could be in contention to return against the Seagulls in midweek.

"All the time Sam has small things and needs time to recover," he told the Star.

"We think he can recover for the next match."

Hutchinson's absence was certainly felt on Saturday as the promotion-chasers fell to a surprise defeat to the Millers. The scrappy nature of a derby encounter would have arguably been the perfect game for the 26-year-old to stamp his authority and ensure that Wednesday consolidated their place in the top six.

And while the Owls remain in the play-off places, both Birmingham and Ipswich are just one point adrift and have a game in hand, meaning that it could prove crucial that Carvalhal's men end their four-game wait for a win against Brighton if they hope to stay in control of their own destiny.

That will not be easy with the Seagulls flying even higher in the table, but if Wednesday have Hutchinson available, they may feel much more confident that they will be able to keep Chris Hughton's men at bay, and perhaps sneak the goals needed to bag the three points for themselves. 

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