Sheffield Wednesday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Stoke will come too soon for club captain Tom Lees.
The defender has returned to training after suffering a hamstring injury in August that has sidelined him for the last 10 games.
Lees will not be fit enough to face the Potters and may not even be considered for the weekend clash with Leeds as boss Garry Monk is fearful of rushing him back too soon.
Monk is also hopeful goalkeeper Keiren Westwood can shake off an ankle injury suffered in the warm-up before the draw with Cardiff at the weekend.
James McClean could be in for a return to action for Stoke.
McClean was on the bench for the clash with Fulham after recovering from a back injury suffered against Huddersfield at the start of the month and is pushing to return to the starting line-up.
McClean will also have to watch his discipline as he currently has four yellow cards and one more will see him serve a one-game ban.
Ryan Shawcross is a long-term absentee with a serious ankle injury.