Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees may have played his final game for the club after he picked up an injury in the 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The Owls’ central defender is out of contract with the club in the summer.
Wednesday currently find themselves in the Championship bottom three, and defeat at Boro means they must win their final two games of the season to give them a chance of survival.
The Owls host Forest next weekend, before taking on Derby County at Pride Park on the final game of the season with the Rams currently four points ahead.
But Wednesday’s task of picking up six points has been made harder with Lees’ injury.
The 30-year-old went up for a challenge and landed awkwardly. It was innocuous, and the seriousness highlighted with Lees unable to continue and stretchered off.
Wednesday were level at the time of Lees’ injury, but two second-half goals following a disappointing second 45 minutes condemned the Owls to another defeat on the road.
It seems unlikely Lees will return before the season end.
It’s a disappointing blow of the both the player and the club, and Lees’ contract situation means he may have already played his final game as a Sheffield Wednesday player.
The Owls must rebuild this summer, regardless of what division they find themselves in as several other players such as Adam Reach and Moses Odubajo are also out of contract.
Lees has started 38 Championship games this season. With plenty still to give, the former Leeds United man will surely be among those in-demand should he leave on a free.