By Joe Alborough
Sam Hutchinson, along with Fernando Forestieri, is set to make his Sheffield Wednesday comeback against table-topping Hull City tomorrow night.
The Chelsea academy product has not featured in the last three Championship fixtures because of a knee problem he sustained at Birmingham City earlier this month.
Head coach Carlos Carvalhal, speaking at his press briefing today, has confirmed Hutchinson could feature in Friday’s Yorkshire derby.
“I think Sam will be available. He will travel and is ready if we need him to play.”
Leading goal-scorer Forestieri is expected to start, having sat-out Tuesday’s home draw with Queens Park Rangers due to suspension. The forward, who has scored 12 goals this campaign, served a one-match ban after his red card at Preston North End.
Carvalhal said: “He is fresh to play. It makes a difference he didn’t play on Tuesday.”
Carvalhal’s side face Hull tomorrow night knowing they need maximum points to stay in touching distance of the Championship’s top-two. It will be tough for Wednesday as the Tigers boast one of the best home records in the division, having kept four clean sheets on the spin and their only defeat coming almost three months ago.
Looking ahead to the game, the Portuguese manager was keen to heap praise on Hull.
“It’s probably the best team of the competition. The quality of the players, organisation, the coach, the time the coach knows the competition and knows the players.
“They understand their way to play. It’s very clear. It’s why they are in the position they are in in this moment. “
Carvalhal also compared the side’s strengths and feels the contrast will make for an interesting spectacle.
“I think it’s the best defence of the competition. We are one of the best attacks so it will be interesting.
“I’m not saying that we’ll be playing all the time in attack and they’ll play all the time on defence. Of course not but it will be interesting in the way the two teams that have different characteristics will connect tomorrow.”
You can watch the game tomorrow live on Sky Sports 1 at 7.45pm.