Achraf Lazaar could make his Sheffield Wednesday return at least a week ahead of schedule.
Lazaar suffered a hamstring injury on what was only his second outing as a Wednesday loan player, a 2-0 win against Brentford last month.
Afterwards, the Owls boss Steve Bruce said it would be six weeks minimum before the Moroccan would be available again.
But posting on Twitter earlier, the Star’s Sheffield Wednesday reporter Dom Howson revealed:
Achraf Lazaar is running again. The trip to Stoke will probably come too soon for him but he could be available for Villa the week after.
And according to Howson, there is good news too for Lazaar’s fellow loanee, Josh Onomah, who was said to have been facing surgery after dislocating his elbow earlier this month.
Josh Onomah is a couple of weeks away from returning, although his injury is not as bad as first feared.
There are just eight games left of Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship campaign, although that number could yet increase with the Owls only two points off the play-offs.