Sheffield Wednesday: Defensive blow for Owls

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Influential Owls defender Tom Lees will miss tomorrow’s clash with Ipswich Town at Hillsborough.

The centre-back is ruled out with a hamstring injury which he sustained in Wednesday’s 7-0 Capital One Cup thrashing at Premier League champions Manchester City.

Owls Tom Lees beats Reading's Glenn Murray.

Owls Tom Lees beats Reading's Glenn Murray.

Lee, who has been a revelation since arriving for an undisclosed fee from Leeds United in the summer, was a notable absentee in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at managerless Cardiff City.

Speaking to the press corps today, Owls head coach Stuart Gray said: “Tom is better but he won’t be fit for Ipswich. He’s probably got an outside chance of being fit for Leeds on Saturday.

“He’s got a tear just above where the attachment of the hamstring is in the buttock. It’s an unusual injury and is classed as a grade two.

“Tom is feeling a lot better and hopefully he can get his boots on Wednesday or Thursday. He’s never had a soft tissue injury before so he doesn’t know how to guage it himself. He’s going in the right direction.”

Kamil Zayatte is available for selection again, having served a one-match suspension for his red card against City, and could partner skipper Glenn Loovens at the heart of Wednesday’s rearguard.

Gray also confirmed Kieran Lee is in the squad to take on fourth-placed Ipswich.

“It’s bonus for us having Kieran back.” said Gray, who attended Ipswich’s victory over Wigan last week. “Sam Hutchinson probably has a good chance for Saturday. The treatment room is starting to look a bit healthier.”