OWLS VIDEO: New injury blow frustrates Gray

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Wednesday are reeling from a double blow for the second time in eight days.

Their second successive defeat was accompanied by the loss of another key member of their side, Kieran Lee. The club’s January Player of the Month went off with a hamstring injury in the 1-0 defeat by Derby - which followed last week’s 3-0 setback against Wigan and a serious ankle injury to Jose Semedo, Lee’s usual midfield partner.

Owls best chance is cleared by a Derby defender. Pic: Steve Ellis.

Owls best chance is cleared by a Derby defender. Pic: Steve Ellis.

Manager Stuart Gray said Lee will have a scan and it was too early to say how long he will be out.

Gray said: “The central part of our midfield, Semedo and Lee, have been outstanding. Suddenly I’ve lost them both. It’s disappointing.

“It’s part and parcel of football. It opens the door for somebody else to come in. It’s not a tear (Lee’s injury), I don’t think, but it’s a hamstring problem and it was bad enough for him to come off. When you see someone like him lying on the pitch, you know you’ve got a problem.”

If the injury is serious then Lee could be sidelined for weeks.

Gray said of the result: “I don’t think our players deserved that. There was a lot of effort, commitment, desire and enthusiasm from both sides - it was a wonder strike for the goal, nobody saves those.

“I thought we kept their big players quiet: if anything I thought we deserved a point and were looking like the side that was going to win it.”

Gray praised Gary Gardner, Leon Best and sub Sam Hutchinson, who made their first appearances after their arrivals on loan: “They grew into the game.

“They’ll get better and improve the team.”

Gray also felt that referee Darren Bond made some strange decisions and blew for challenges that were fair