Sheffield Wednesday are confident Lewis Buxton will shrug off his knee injury in time for their five-day pre-season training camp in Slovenia.
The experienced right-back was sent for a scan following a collision with teammate Paul Corry at the club’s Middlewood Road training ground base last week.
Nonetheless, Owls boss Stuart Gray expects Buxton to be involved in some of their pre-season work out in Maribor, which begins on Saturday. As part of the schedule, Gray’s men lock horns with Russian top flight side FC Arsenal Tula in a friendly on Wednesday, July 23.
“It’s so frustrating for Lewis [Buxton] because he has been at the front of the running in training” Gray told The Star. “He’s looked strong. Unfortunately, he just opened his knee up slightly. It’s nothing untoward. It’s just frustrating and disappointing for Lewis.
“The pleasing thing is we’ve got a couple of weeks to go before the season starts. Lewis is flying with his fitness levels. We just need him to get minutes on the pitch.”
Keiren Westwood and Kamil Zayatte are poised to feature in Friday’s warm-up match against Bury, having been deemed not ready for the trip to York.
Gray said centre-back Zayatte has had an injection in his long-standing ankle problem.
“We’ve been pushing Kamil quite hard in training so his ankle has just flared up,” he said. “It just needs to settle down.
“He will probably be training with us today or tomorrow. I would hope he play be available for Bury.”