Sheffield Wednesday: Owls wait on Lees verdict

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Sheffield Wednesday face an anxious wait to discover the severity of Tom Lees’ hamstring/ankle injuries.

The centre-half, an instrumental member of the Owls’ backline, will go for a scan today, having been forced off in the first half of Tuesday’s cup loss at Stoke City.

Lees, an ever present this season, left the Britannia Stadium on crutches and with his ankle heavily strapped.

It would be a major blow for Wednesday if Lees is ruled out of action for a lengthy period.

The Owls are short of centre-back cover, with Michael Turner and Vincent Sasso still nursing knocks. Norwich City loanee Turner aggravated his knee again in training last week so may not be risked.

Should Lees miss out, head coach Carlos Carvalhal may be forced to turn to Claude Dielna or Darryl Lachman for Sunday’s televised showdown with third-placed Derby County.

Wednesday are also sweating over the fitness of full-back Jack Hunt and skipper Glenn Loovens, who were taken off due to calf and hamstring problems respectively.

However, Carvalhal hopes midfield dynamo Barry Bannan (knee) will be passed fit to play.

“I thought Barry [Bannan] would be ready for Stoke but he started to feel a small pain as did ,” he said. “Hopefully he will be better in a few days.”

Meanwhile, Jack Stobbs netted as Owls Under-21s won 1-0 at Coventry City yesterday.