The Owls have suffered a fresh injury blow with news Caolan Lavery is likely to spend longer on the sidelines than originally thought.
Lavery – who burst onto the first team scene last season – suffered cruciate ligament damage shortly before the start of the campaign and it was predicted he would be out of action for two months.
But head coach Stuart Gray has revealed the 21-year-old has not responded to treatment in the most positive manner and could require further surgery.
“Caolan’s knee has not responded in the way would have liked to he’s having to see another specialist,” Gray said.
“He may need an operation which would be a worst case scenario.
“They might say he needs to stay in a brace for a longer period.
“We won’t know until he has seen the specialist but it’s a blow.”
The disappointment of Lavery’s extended absence was eased with the arrival of forward pair Hallam Hope and Royston Drenthe over the last week.
Sam Hutchison and Kieran Lee continue to suffer from respective niggles which could put potential involvement at Bolton next weekend in doubt.
But Lewis Buxton may be in contention for the trip after stepping up his return from a knee injury by playing more than an hour of the Owls U21’s 2-1 win over Swansea City at Hillsborough yesterday.
New signing Claude Dielna played the full 90 minutes.