Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees discusses returning to the side after two month absence

Sheffield Wednesday

The centre-back returned for the Championship clash with Birmingham City on Saturday.

Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees has admitted that it was more difficult than he was anticipating to recover from his hamstring injury, but added that he was pleased with his return to the Owls side, the Sheffield Star reports.

The 25-year-old had missed over two months of action before playing the full match against Birmingham on Saturday - which Carlos Carvalhal's side would win 2-1 - and Lees described the struggle he has endured getting back playing before adding his delight at helping secure the win against the Blues.

"The injury wasn't as easy to manage as I thought it would be. I wasn't expecting any miracles against Birmingham because I've been out nine weeks. I probably only trained four times before the game," he told the Star.

"I tried to keep myself fit and I think that showed in lasting the 90 minutes. It was a big test for me coming back against Birmingham and I’m pleased we got the result."

Given the length of time that Lees has spent on the sidelines - as well as the short amount of time he was back in training before being recalled to the side - he could perhaps be forgiven for a mistake in the build-up to Birmingham's goal, especially given that two late Gary Hooper goals turned the result around. 

Regardless of his performance, Carvalhal will undoubtedly be pleased that the centre-back came through the game unscathed. Before his injury, Lees had featured in every single fixture for the club this season, and having him available over the coming months could prove vital to the side's hopes of securing promotion. 

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