According to The Star, Sheffield Wednesday have not had their injury problems eased this past week.
Manager Jos Luhukay’s men still have Gary Hooper on the sidelines, as well as Sam Hutchinson, and this should be a cause of concern for The Owls ahead of league leaders Leeds’ visit to Hillsborough tonight.
Striker Hooper has not featured since December after injuring his hip, and was very near a return to the first XI recently. However, upon making an appearance for the under-23 side last week, there is a reported new injury that looks to curtail his comeback.
The Owls could certainly do with Hooper’s presence on the pitch, particularly after his exploits last season when Sheffield beat The Peacocks in the same fixture. The former Celtic man’s double crushed a Leeds side that were flying high in similar circumstances to this year. His absence will certainly be noticed tonight as Luhukay’s men hope to topple the league leaders.
Likewise, Hutchinson will be missed, as, although he has been used from the bench primarily, Wednesday will need as many options as possible tonight. Leeds play an intense style of football that can drain any opposition, the bench become crucial in games like these to maintain energy levels throughout the match, and Luhukay’s dwindling options will be a cause for concern.
The Owls sit in tenth place in the league, four points behind leaders Leeds. A victory tonight could fire Wednesday into the top six, and potentially into fourth place providing other results go their way. A loss, and Leeds begin to build a gap between their Yorkshire rivals.