Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins says defender John Brayford is at least a couple of weeks off a first team return following his recent injury setback.
Brayford was due to play a half for the under 21s two weeks ago but managed just 33 minutes before having to come off.
However, Adkins says the setback is not as bad as first feared and is hopeful of a return soon.
"Going to be a while yet," said Adkins at his press conference ahead of United's match away to Oldham on Saturday. "He had a setback for U21s and it will be a couple of weeks until he's back in the fold.
"It's better than we first feared, got to keep going through rehab and hope it's not too much of a setback but he's not fit for weekend. We'll get him on the training ground and then go from there."
Still on the injury front there was some good and bad news for United but Bob Harris offered some positivity.
"Bob's stepped his training up now, so that's good," Adkins added. "He's been working hard on conditioning and rehab and the next progression is a u21 game.
"It's pre-season all over again. He's been back on the training ground for a week now with the lads and we've got to gradually build him up.
"It's been a long time since he's played now, the end of last season, so we can't expect him to get straight back into it. So we're looking at him to get a couple weeks of training under his belt and then look to get some game time under his belt."
Craig Alcock is out longer than anticipated, having taken a hefty knock against Doncaster Rovers three weeks ago. Jay McEveley is out with a broken toe and David Edgar has a hamstring injury.
Terry Kennedy, Ryan Flynn and James Wallace are all continuing their rehabilitation.
Stefan Scougall, however, trained this week and should be available for Saturday's game.
Adkins added: "Injuries have been bad since we joined but that's football and that's life, really. We've got too many players at the club but break it down and ask how many have been available?
"We've got to keep getting the lads out there, we need robustness."