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Proud to captain the team

12 February 2015

  • Tom Lees proud to lead the Owls
  • Glenn Loovens an injury doubt for Saturday
  • Owls face Brighton at Hillsborough (3.00pm)

Owls defender Tom Lees has said he is proud to captain the Owls in the absence of regular skipper Glenn Loovens.

The 24-year-old, who has made 32 appearances this season, picked up the responsibility of captaining the side in the Owls’ previous two fixtures due to Loovens’ two-game ban.

An ankle injury in training has put the Dutchman’s return in doubt and Lees is ready to lead Wednesday out at Hillsborough if called upon on Saturday against Brighton.

He told the Owls’ official website: “It’s a big thing to be given that responsibility and I’m grateful.

“I just wish over the last two games we could have done better.

“It’s been a big honour but I haven’t been able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked to.

“I’ll always put the team before myself, and I would rather have two wins to show from the last two games instead, but it has been fantastic and I’m proud to have this opportunity.

"It’s not something I take lightly."

Loovens picked up his tenth booking of the term in the defeat at Reading, ruling the stopper out of the Cardiff and Ipswich fixtures.

Of his central defensive partner, Lees added: “Without Glenn you will notice his absence but whether I’m captain or not, I will always make myself heard and influence others around me and lead by example.

“You’re bound to notice when people like Glenn leave the team so it’s up to me and the others to make sure we bridge the gap and take responsibility.”

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