Lees could return as we look to end bad run

Tom Lees is likely to be back in the Wednesday squad as we look to end a worrying run of three successive defeats when we travel to take on QPR tomorrow afternoon.

Lees, who has been troubled by a hamstring problem, is expected to be fit to return and could go straight into a three-man defensive unit as we have continued to leak goals since the return from lockdown.

Garry Monk, who talked of a lack of concentration and focus at crucial times after the midweek defeat to Preston, will probably also shuffle the pack elsewhere.

Josh Windass, who came on as a sub against Preston after his injury lay-off, may well get a start up front and Connor Wickham is a possible strike partner after being rested for the Preston game.

Kieran Lee is still ruled out after suffering a calf injury at Swansea last weekend and then missing out against Preston with fatigue.

With just three wins in our last 19 games, Monk said today: “I know results are king and they have to improve in these last four games,

“We have to roll our sleeves up better and get the job done. We have had teams under the cosh and in difficult positions but teams have been able to get through that period.

“You have to capitalise when on top and in good positions in games and then find a little more resolve and grit to dig in, in moments when we need to.”

Three defeats in a row leaves us in 16th place on 52 points, seven ahead of the relegation zone with four games remaining, However, in addition, we continue to wait for the result of the EFL hearing and whether we face any points deduction.

QPR go into the match a point ahead of us but with four losses in their last five games.

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