Sheffield Wednesday are exploring the possibility of re-signing Vincent Sasso to ease their centre-back shortage, The Star can reveal.
It has emerged the Owls are considering bringing Sasso, who spent last season on loan at the Championship club, back to Hillsborough on a temporary basis.
The French defender featured 19 times in the 2015/16 campaign as Carlos Carvalhal’s side reached the Play-Off final.
Sasso, who began his career at French outfit Nantes, is thought not to be in Braga’s long-term plans.
The Owls, who have completed the signing of Burnley midfielder David Jones for an undisclosed fee, are short on defensive options, with Tom Lees and Jose Semedo joining club captain Glenn Loovens on the injured list.
Lees was a notable absentee from last night’s 3-1 defeat at Burton Albion. He suffered a foot injury in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Norwich but Carvalhal is optimistic he could be available against Leeds United.
Carvalhal admitted: “Tom felt a big pain so he couldn’t play. “He received a kick but we expect him to recover in one or two days and that he can play on Saturday.
“I’m not sure but we believe he will play the next game.
“Jose got injured so we had to adapt our defensive line.
“In this game, we had to be particularly strong at the back to give confidence to the team.
“These players had never played together. We had some problems with our co-ordination.”
Carvalhal, who wants to add a centre-back, left-back and left winger to his side before the transfer window shuts on August 31, added: “I don’t want to make excuses. Burton played very well. We have to correct a few things and do better on Saturday.”
The Owls chief admits he is relieved the Fernando Forestieri saga has been resolved. The striker came on as a second half sub at the Pirelli Stadium, having issued a full apology for refusing to face Norwich City.