Sheffield Wednesday: Owls receive Tom Lees boost ahead of Leeds United test

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Tom Lees has handed Sheffield Wednesday a major fitness boost ahead of their much-anticipated Yorkshire derby with Leeds United this Saturday.

The centre-back is available for selection again, having shrugged off a foot problem he sustained at Norwich City last weekend.

His injury meant he sat-out Tuesday's surprise 3-1 loss to Burton Albion.

But speaking at his press briefing today, boss Carlos Carvalhal confirmed Lees has resumed first-team training and is pushing to return against his old club.

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Carvalhal said: “The panorama before the last game was not so good but in this moment it is much better.

“Tom Lees is training normal and has completely recovered. He trained today and is 100 per cent. He is a very, very important player to us.

"He is a fantastic player. He’s one of the best central defenders in England not just in the Championship to me."

Lees looks set to replace Jose Semedo at the heart of their rearguard. Semedo was forced off in the first half of Wednesday's tussle at the Pirelli Stadium after picking up a knock.

Carvalhal said Semedo was sent for a scan today but are still waiting to find out the full extent of his injury.

"We don't yet have the results," he said. "I think Jose will be out of the game."

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The Portuguese chief also confirmed captain Glenn Loovens is on the mend following ankle surgery.

"Glenn Loovens in a very, very short time will be involved also," he said. "He has started training with the team.

“It means we are more strong now than a few days ago and I’m absolutely sure we will give a good answer on the pitch."

Meanwhile, Wednesday's trip to Cardiff City, which was originally scheduled for on Tuesday October 18, has been moved back 24 hours.

In a statement, Cardiff said: "Sheffield Wednesday have invoked their right to move the fixture under EFL regulations, due to their televised game against Huddersfield Town on Sunday, 16th October."

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