Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sam Hutchinson raves about Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee

The midfield pair have been instrumental in putting the Owls into play-off contention.

Sam Hutchinson has heaped praise upon Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee for how important their performances have been in keeping Sheffield Wednesday in play-off contention, the Sheffield Star reports.

Bannan looks set to sit out the next three games after he was sent off during the Owls' clash with Nottingham Forest last weekend, and Hutchinson has hinted how much Carlos Carvalhal's men will miss the former Aston Villa man by discussing how invaluable he and Lee have been to the squad this term.

"Barry is a great footballer," he told the Star.

"Without a shadow of a doubt, Barry and Kieran Lee have have been brilliant for the team; they are like little whippets running around the pitch."

Along with Hutchinson, the duo have been instrumental in keeping things tight in central-midfield and ensuring that the creative members of the squad - which certainly includes Bannan - are able to give opponents headaches going forward.

Between them, Bannan and Lee have contributed six goals and five assists in the Championship, and that productivity from midfield has been a key reason why, with nine games to go, Wednesday find themselves in the top six of the table, and in with an excellent chance of making the play-offs. 

And with none of their next three games coming against sides in the top half of the table, Carvalhal's men will fancy their chances of consolidating their current position, even if they have to do it without the 26-year-old.

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