Owls centre-back Kamil Zayatte is expected to be out of action for up to two months due to injury, The Star can confirm.
A scan result has indicated Zayatte suffered a partial tear in his hamstring in Sheffield Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town at the end of last month.
Stuart Gray, the Owls head coach, told this newspaper: “I would think Kamil is going to be out for a minimum of six to eight weeks.
“It is a blow. Some players heal faster than others so hopefully Kamil will be back sooner rather than later.”
Guinea captain Zayatte was poised to represent his country in the qualifcation stages of the Africa Cup of Nations this week. Guinea face Ghana on Saturday and next Wednesday but the defender, who has played five times for the Owls this season, is unavailable for selection after his injury blow.
“It is disappointing for Kamil,” said Gray. “He has had to sit and watch Tom [Lees] and Glenn [Loovens] perform very well.
“When he has had an opportunity to show what he can do like the Burnley and Bolton games, he has come in and not let anybody down.
“I thought he was unfortunate to get sent off against Manchester City. When he has played, he has done well.”
Despite Zayatte’s injury setback, Gray has ruled out dipping into the loan market to bolster his backline.
“I have got other players who can fill in at centre-back,” said Gray, who is still on the look out for a new striker. “It is important to have two or three players who are versatile.
“Claude Dielna and Lewis Buxton can play there. Jose Semedo also showed he can do a job in that position against Reading last year.”