Garry Monk has revealed that Tom Lees suffered a ‘little bit of a setback’ ahead of Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town on Sunday.
Lees missed the Owls’ trip to West Yorkshire as well as last month’s home defeat to Queens Park Rangers with a hamstring problem.
And he was pictured during the intervening international break at the CEREDE Sports Rehab centre in Barcelona.
Tom Lees, soccer player @swfc has come to Barcelona to recover his injury with Dr Jose Manuel Sánchez and his team at #CEREDE. The recovery has been succesfully and quickly. Thank you for trust in us! ⚽️🔝 pic.twitter.com/f5Lfuuijct
— CEREDE Sports Rehab (@ceredesport) September 4, 2019
Still, it was hoped the Wednesday captain would be fit to face Huddersfield in Monk’s first game in charge.
But Dominic Iorfa continued in his place.
“He was going to be very close for this game,” Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield when asked about Lees’ condition. “(He) just had a little bit of a setback this week. There’s no point in risking him. He’s an important player for us, of course, and you want him to be out on the pitch with you. But I thought the two centre-halves today were fantastic, Julian and Dominic. They really dealt with it well. But of course, with Tom, when he’s ready… hopefully he won’t be too (long).”
Monk went on to claim there are ‘no problems’ with Sam Hutchinson, after the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder appeared to take a knock against Huddersfield.
Wednesday’s win, which came courtesy of goals at either end of the game from Steven Fletcher and Sam Winnall, saw Monk’s side climb to ninth in the Championship.
And the Owls are now just two points behind third-placed Charlton Athletic.