Three Sheffield Wednesday players are poised to be given some much needed match practice when they take on Middlesbrough in a friendly next week.
Lewis Buxton, Kamil Zayatte and Caolan Lavery are set to feature in the development match at Middlewood Road on Tuesday, kick-off 1pm, having shrugged off injuries.
Defenders Buxton (knee) and Zayatte (hamstring) have resumed first-team training while Northern Ireland Under-21 international Lavery (knee) could return to action this week.
Buxton and Zayatte have been sidelined since Wednesday’s draw with Ipswich Town at the end of September and Lavery has not featured all campaign after suffering a serious cruciate knee ligament injury in pre-season.
Lee Bullen, who is in charge of the Under-21s and assists coaching the first-team squad, told The Star: “We specifically want to get them some game time.
“Lewis and Kamil are close and the game will give them the opportunity to feature in a match environment.
“Hopefully we will have Caolan Lavery and Jack Stobbs back available soon. Whether they get 45, 60 or 90 minutes, it can only benefit them.
“The more bodies we can get out of the treatment room the better.”