'Aggressive' Sheffield Wednesday finding it tough without Kieran Lee and Tom Lees, says Norwich City boss

Kieran Lee has been out since the beginning of the year
Kieran Lee has been out since the beginning of the year
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Norwich City manager Alex Neil says he is expecting an aggressive, attacking display from Sheffield Wednesday as his team heads for Hillsborough this afternoon.

However, it is clear that although he respects the threat Wednesday have up front, the Scot believes that the Owls are missing two key players at present.

Tom Lees hasn't played since the 2-2 draw with Bristol City at the end of January

Tom Lees hasn't played since the 2-2 draw with Bristol City at the end of January

Kieran Lee has been out since the beginning of this year after undergoing an operation on his hip, while Tom Lees hasn't played since the end of January as he too struggles with injury and it is apparent that Neil rates both.

“I’ve watched a lot of their recent games as well as our one,” he told Eastern Daily Press. “The Brentford defeat last time out at home was one of the most open I have seen in quite a while.

"At home they really do throw caution to the wind and are really aggressive and go for it. It could make for a really open game. I would be surprised if they play cagey.

"They have a couple missing, Lee in the middle of the park makes forward runs and that is an area they are struggling to fill and Lees the centre-back being out has not helped. We have got lads suitable for any style."

Norwich City manager Alex Neil

Norwich City manager Alex Neil

Neil also says that the pressure has been heaped upon Wednesday due to the amount of money they have spent over the past couple of years.

“You are never going to hide the importance of this type of game," he said. "The fans know it, the players know it. I don’t think it is the be all and end all.

"There is a lot of football to play afterwards but we know the relevance of it and if we come away with the three points they will be a big three points. We are positive and focused on the result. There is pressure on every team.

"There is pressure on Sheffield Wednesday, they have not been short on spending some money on players but you could arguably say that about seven or eight teams," he added. "I’m not sure they are the extent of Aston Villa and Newcastle, because those teams came down with a Premier League wage bill to start with and have spent on top of that, but look at the amount of funds in the Championship and it is incredible. Players are going for double figures in the market.”