Steve Bruce has explained why Tom Lees missed Sheffield Wednesday’s 0-0 draw against Reading on Saturday.

The Wednesday captain was a shock absentee, having only failed to start one of the Owls’ previous 29 Championship matches.

And speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield afterwards, Bruce confirmed that Lees’ omission was an enforced one.

He said:

Yeah, yeah [it was an injury problem]. Unfortunately, yesterday [Friday] he took a cut on his shin. It was like a bullet wound. He caught a stud – one of them freak ones, where it put a hole just below his knee. It’s a very, very sore one.

Jordan Thorniley stepped in for Lees against Reading, partnering the 28-year-old’s regular side-kick, Michael Hector.

LUTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 15: Kazenga LuaLua of Luton Town and Jordan Thorniley of Sheffield Wednesday compete for the ball during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday at Kenilworth Road on January 15, 2019 in Luton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Wednesday’s clean sheet was their seventh in 11 games in all competitions, following Jos Luhukay’s departure as manager in late December.

And they are yet to concede a goal under the management of Steve Bruce.

The Owls are back on the road twice this week, with trips to Millwall and Rotherham United to follow on Tuesday and Saturday, respectively.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Reading at Hillsborough Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

It remains to be seen whether Lees will be fit for either of those games, with Bruce adding:

It’ll be touch and go.

Bruce is expected to provide an update on the former Leeds player’s chances at his press conference on Monday morning.

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