Sheffield Wednesday: Sam Hutchinson could return in three weeks

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Sam Hutchinson could be back in contention for the Owls in three weeks, Stuart Gray has revealed.

The midfield ace suffered a knee injury in the defeat to Watford two months ago but has been given the all-clear to return to training by a specialist.

“The specialist is delighted with him and says he can push on,” Gray said.

“I would imagine he’d be in contention in around three weeks.

“This is a separate injury to his old problems. People jumped to conclusions when he went down but this is entirely separate.

“Knowing Sam, he’ll try and push himself to beat the recovery but the most important thing is that when he comes back, he stays back, like Caolan Lavery has.”

One player unlikely to be back sooner than expected is Giles Coke, whom Gray revealed has suffered a setback in his recovery from an Achilles problem.

Gray said: “He’s had an injection in it but it hasn’t had the reaction we’d have liked.

“He’s got the boot off and he’s doing a bit of light jogging.

“We were hoping he’d be a bit ahead of that but we’ve just got to be a bit patient with it.”

Loan midfielder Lewis McGugan is likely to start on Saturday against Wolves after making an excellent recovery from the head injury suffered against Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

McGugan was knocked unconscious in a clash with Lee Williamson but has trained without affect this week.

Gray said: “I was worried because Lewis was out cold and then you could see all the precautions being taken when they carried him off.

“But the pleasing thing was seeing him taking his place on the bench after about 15 minutes.

“He woke up with a stiff neck but he’s had no reactions.

“He trained fully on Thursday and Friday so he’s available for selection.

Kamil Zayatte and Lewis Buxton are poised to return to training late next week in their bids to recover from respective hamstring and knee problems.

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