Versatile player Jeremy Helan is nearing a first-team comeback, according to Owls boss Stuart Gray.
The Frenchman, signed for an undisclosed fee from Manchester City last summer, appeared destined to miss the first month of the campaign after tweaking his abductor muscle in training.
But Sheffield Wednesday chief Gray has confirmed the 22-year-old is running again and may play some part against Derby County a week on Saturday.
Gray told The Star: “Jeremy is quite a few days ahead of schedule. The specialist said he would be initially be out for four to five weeks but he seems a lot better now.
“He is back running again and, as long he has no reaction, could be in contention for the Derby game.”
Helan, Caolan Lavery and Lewis Buxton are ruled out of Wednesday’s opening Championship fixture at Brighton and Hove Albion tomorrow.
Gray said: “In an ideal world, I would have liked to have brought three or four more players in. I’m like any manager. I’m always looking to add to my squad.
“The boys are ready for Brighton. We’ve had a tough six week pre-season programme and now we are getting down to the nitty gritty stuff and I have every confidence we will get a result.”