Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk says a recall to the Owls side is not out of the question for Sam Hutchinson.
The midfielder hasn’t been named in the matchday squad for Wednesday in any of their last four games, amid reports that his future at the club beyond the end of the season is uncertain, although Monk does not appear to be ruling out a return to action for Hutchinson in the next few months.
Speaking after his side’s 1-0 defeat at Luton on Wednesday – their seventh defeat in their last ten league games – Monk was asked if a recall for Hutchinson was out of the question, with the Owls boss telling BBC Radio Sheffield: “No (they’re not done). We’ll see.”
Discussing his thinking behind his recent selection calls, Monk continued: “I make decisions. There’s things you make decisions for. Not just football – other things. Lots of things go on in squads.
“At this moment in time, there’s the squad and I pick the squad to try and win games. I try and send them out with some confidence and belief to win games and I’ll continue to do that whoever I pick.”
The 40-year-old was also asked if a behind the scenes falling out was the reason for Hutchinson’s recent absence, with Monk responding: “Every player in the squad knows where they stand. I’m very honest. I speak to all of them. Every player knows where they stand.”
Hutchinson, who joined Wednesday from Chelsea in January 2014, has made a total of 154 appearances in all competitions for the Owls, and is one of several players whose contract at Hillsborough is set to expire at the end of this season.
Next up for Monk and Wednesday is the visit of Reading to Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.
This is a strange situation.
Hutchinson has seemingly looked solid for Wednesday earlier in the season, so for him to suddenly drop out of the side for no clear reason does seem somewhat surprising.
Indeed, with the run Wednesday are currently on at the minute, it could be argued that a return to the side for Hutchinson may not be a bad thing for them, if it can give them a lift in the search for results they need to get their push for the play-off back on track.
Monk’s comments, when asked about a falling out are also interesting, since he appears not to have fully denied such an issue, which may only raise more questions about behind the scenes events at the club, particularly if results do not improve going forward.