Sheffield Wednesday skipper Tom Lees warns of threat posed by former Owl Jack Hunt

Sheffield Wednesday captain Tom Lees has highlighted the threat former Owls right-back Jack Hunt could pose his side on Sunday.

Saturday, 21st December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Saturday, 21st December 2019, 6:05 am

The versatile defender spent three years at Wednesday before joining Bristol City in the summer of 2018.

Hunt, 29, has since become a key figure in Robins manager Lee Johnson’s side which heads to Hillsborough for the high-noon clash just a point behind the Owls in seventh place.

“He is a very good player,” said Lees. "A lot of the time in football when someone leaves that’s when you notice what they offered a lot of the time.

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Jack Hunt in action for Sheffield Wednesday against Birmingham City in September 2017.(Photo by Harry Murphy/Getty Images)

"He is a good, consistent player. He has got a good engine and getting up and down that right hand side.

“We have to be aware of what he is capable of.

“We know we can get forward and put balls in the box. We know he has got a good engine and I’m sure he will be looking to put in dangerous crosses.

“We will have to be aware of that but I’m sure our wide lads will be looking to take him the other way and give him a problem.”

Lees revealed he hadn’t engaged in any banter with Hunt when he spoke to the media on Friday ahead of the clash in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

He said: “You don't really speak too much in the build up to the game but I will definitely catch up with him afterwards.”

Meanwhile, Wednesday look set to be without Fernando Forestieri when they entertain Bristol City on Sunday.

The forward, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, is struggling to shake off a knee injury he sustained at Charlton Athletic last month.

Speaking to the press corps, manager Garry Monk said: “It (the injury) has been a bit more niggly than we thought.

“He has not been back out on the pitches.

“He's not likely for this weekend.”

Forestieri has played 10 times this season, scoring once.

Asked if he thinks Forestieri will be available for selection over the Christmas period, Monk said: "We hope so. I don't think he is far away from getting back out on the grass."

Lees (hamstring) is fit and Moses Odubajo is pushing for a return after serving a one-match ban, but midfielder Sam Hutchinson is suspended.