Sheffield Wednesday: Tom Lees absent from Reading clash due to injury ‘like a bullet hole in the top of his shin’

Sheffield Wednesday captain Tom Lees missed Saturday’s match draw against Reading – and could be a doubt for the midweek trip to Millwall – after a freak accident in training.

Saturday, 9th February 2019, 16:51 pm
Updated Saturday, 9th February 2019, 16:58 pm
Owls scorer skipper Tom Lees. Pic Steve Ellis.

Owls manager Steve Bruce confirmed the defender, who was expected to start in the game at Hillsborough, was caught by a teammate’s boot in yesterday’s training session.

Bruce said: “He got a freak accident yesterday in training where he caught somebody’s stud. Like a bullet hole in the top of his shin near his knee.

“So there was no chance and I would think he’ll be extremely doubtful for Tuesday as well, he’s got a sore one.”

Wednesday added another clean sheet to make it three in a row in the league despite being without Lees, as Jordan Thorniley stepped in to join Michael Hector in the heart of the Owls defence.

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And Thorniley’s performance pleased Bruce, who said: “He did very very well, I was really pleased for the kid. 

“Defensively we looked rock solid and that’s the big positive for me of course being a defender. 

“Of course the supporters want to see goals and I understand that but I think they understand we were in a bit of a mess.

“So to keep a clean sheet it gives you a platform in my opinion for success.”

The draw means Wednesday are now 11 points off the play-offs, but Bruce vowed to keep striving for a top six spot.

The Owls travel to Millwall on Tuesday night, before a south Yorkshire derby away at Rotherham United next Saturday.