Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees pushing for return ahead of Birmingham City clash

The 25-year-old has not featured for the Championship side since December.

Sheffield Wednesday have received a major boost ahead of their crucial clash with Birmingham City this weekend, after the Sheffield Star reported that Tom Lees was in contention to make his return to the Owls side.

The former Leeds United defender has not played for Wednesday since their Capital One Cup run came to an end against Stoke City in December, due to a hamstring problem (via Star). However, along with Michael Turner, Lees featured in the development side's game with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, prompting Carlos Carvalhal to hint that a first-team recall may soon be on the cards.

"Lees played in the under-21s and we put him and Michael in the game to give them tempo," he told the Star. "They did well and are improving day by day, so let's see in the future when they will be ready to play or not."

Before his injury, the 25-year-old was seemingly one of the few players that managed to hold down a place in Carvalhal's side, as the Portuguese utilised a rotation policy in an attempt to keep all of his players fresh.

While the fact that Lees had featured in every game before his injury may certainly justify Carvalhal's decision to continually tinker with his squad selection, it also highlights how important the centre-back had been to his plans.

And while the manager is likely to take a cautious approach with Lees upon his return, he will surely be keen to bring him back into the fold as the Owls attempt to keep themselves in the hunt for a play-off spot. 

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