Carlos: Lees is proof that rest is needed

Carvalhal with Tom Lees, who has been out since early December with a hamstring tear

Carvalhal with Tom Lees, who has been out since early December with a hamstring tear

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Carlos Carvalhal quoted the example of Tom Lees’ current injury as to why giving players time out of the starting XI is a positive move.

Wednesday head coach Carvalhal came out fighting after his decision to make six changes for Monday’s trip to Middlesbrough drew criticism from some quarters.

Centre half Lees had started every game of the season for the Owls up until suffering a hamstring tear in the Capital One Cup defeat at Stoke City.

And Carvalhal used the 25-year-old as an example of why resting players is not a bad thing.

“When he had the injury, Tom Lees was the player that had played all the games,” Carvalhal said.

“In one day, we lost the player, to this moment, for four weeks.

“So probably the coach is not so wrong when he changes one or more player.

“But this is just my opinion.”

Carvalhal angrily rejected suggestions that the six changes he made for the defeat at table-topping Middlesbrough – including leaving on-form Fernando Forestieri on the bench – were down to squad rotation.

He said: “I did not do rotation in the last game.

“People must have just two neurons to think that we play two games in 48 hours when the other team did not play and we don’t make changes.

“This is not rotation.

“Rotation is what we did in the past, for example at Newcastle in the cup. That was rotation at that time.

“In the last game, I didn’t do any kind of rotation. I chose the players that we had available for the game.

“It was completely different.”

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