Glenn Loovens is back in training and on course to return to the Owls side at Blackburn on Boxing Day.
Connor Wickham, another key man who missed the defeat by Bournemouth, is “feeling a lot easier” with his hamstring and may make a comeback, says Stuart Gray.
And with Chris Maguire back from his loan at Coventry, caretaker boss Gray is welcoming a triple boost as he awaits the outcome of tests on Atdhe Nuhiu’s injured shoulder.
Gray hopes that Wickham will either rejoin training on Christmas Day or pass a fitness test on Boxing Day.
The caretaker boss feels that Wickham and Loovens were two of the players that the team could least afford to lose.
Gray also said: “The worrying thing is that with this busy Christmas period we can’t afford anybody else getting injured.”
He also believes that too many players had an off day last Saturday.
“Connor was a big miss for us,” says Gray. ”He was as disappointed as me and the supporters that he couldn’t play. Glenn is a good organiser and a good talker. You want all your best players available. When somebody else gets the shirt they have to show they want to keep it.”