Carlos Carvalhal explains why Sam Hutchinson missed Sheffield Wednesday's draw with Cardiff last weekend and won't feature this weekend

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The midfielder has been back training with the Championship side for several weeks but failed to get onto the pitch in their most recent game.

Carlos Carvalhal has explained that Sam Hutchinson was left on the bench for Sheffield Wednesday's crucial game with Cardiff City last weekend due to the number of yellow cards that he has collected this season, before confirming that he will not feature against Wolves on Sunday either, the Yorkshire Post reports.

The 26-year-old has not played for the Owls since the middle of March due to glandular fever, but the Yorkshire Post reports that he has been back training for several weeks. 

And while Carvalhal essentially confirmed that the former Chelsea man was available for the vital clash against the Bluebirds by including him in the squad, Hutchinson remained on the bench for the entirety of the game.

But the Portuguese has confirmed that while he no longer has any concerns regarding the midfielder's fitness, he suggested that Hutchinson being two yellow cards away from a suspension that would limit his involvement in the play-offs was the reason behind his omission, and the reason he will not play this weekend either.

"Sam was not involved [against Cardiff] because of the situation with cards; he has 13 yellow cards," he told the Yorkshire Post.

"He's a special case, and we don't want to take any risk of losing him.

"If he picked up two yellow cards he would be ruled out with suspension.

"He won't be involved on Saturday, either, because it doesn't make sense for him to risk getting another yellow card."

With the victory against Cardiff guaranteeing Wednesday's spot in the top six, Carvalhal does not need to take the risk against Kenny Jackett's men, as Hutchinson's presence will undoubtedly help the Owls when the play-offs begin and they come up against some of the strongest attacks in the division.

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