‘We need to get Tom out there for Coventry game’

Tony Pulis hopes Tom Lees will be fit for tomorrow’s home game with Coventry amidst a list of defensive injury problems for the Owls.

Lees has swelling on his thigh after taking a hefty knock in a challenge with Forest’s Lewis Grabban in midweek that led to the home side’s second goal but, with Dominic Iorfa seemingly ruled out for the season with an Achilles injury and Joost van Aken (foot) and Julian Borner (facial) both doutbful, Pulis said today: “Tom has got some swelling on his thigh and we’re hoping he’s fit. Even if we strap him up, we need to get him out there.”

There is an outside chance that Keiren Westwood could return in goal as he has been back in training following his groin problem while Moses Odubajo will be missing as he serves a one-match ban after picking up a fifth booking of the season at Forest.

To add to the injury list, Massimo Luongo is expected to still be ruled out while Cameron Dawson, who recently lost his first team spot to Joe Wildsmith, is likely to be sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury.

We go into the game on the back of four successive defeats, still seeking our first win under Tony Pulis after eight games which have yielded just three points, and losing ground on most of the other Championship strugglers.

Wednesday sit on the bottom on nine points, two behind Wycombe, but there is then a seven-point gap to third from bottom Derby who are on 16 points, the same number as Forest and Rotherham.

Pulis said: “We have got to go into it and be as positive as we can.

“One of the frustrating things is that we’ve not had a full week of training yet, it’s been play a game, rest, play a game, rest.

“We’ve not had the run of the ball in many of the games, but you have to dig in and scrap through it and that’s what the lads have to do.

“Our possession stats are good but it’s what you do with it that’s important, being positive in certain areas and maybe we’re not taking up the opportunity to cross or shoot. We’ve got to do more of that.”



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