Lee Bullen has explained why a trio of Sheffield Wednesday players missed Tuesday night’s friendly win at Northampton.
Bullen took the team in the absence of Steve Bruce, Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, who are understood to have resigned from their managerial roles at Hillsborough.
And the former Sheffield Wednesday captain led the Owls to an emphatic 4-0 win, courtesy of goals from Adam Reach, Steven Fletcher, Atdhe Nuhiu and Jordan Rhodes.
Wednesday fielded a different eleven in each half at Sixfields, although three players – Kieran Lee, Liam Palmer and Joe Wildsmith – were conspicuous by their absence.
Lee’s omission was of particular concern to some Owls fans, given that he is out of contract at Hillsborough and has yet to have his new deal confirmed by the club.
But replying to one supporter on Twitter afterwards, Bullen insisted that there is no reason to panic over the midfielder who has missed much of the past 18 months through injury.
Rested this evening…. not missed a session since beginning of pre-season, played v Shrews & Stocksbridge after 12-18 months out. He’ll be right for Germany 👍🏼. Palmer has an illness, Joe played 90mins for 23’s Derby today
— Lee Bullen (@BullenFootball) July 16, 2019