Tommie Hoban has been given the green light to step up his rehabilitation from injury.
The on-loan defender met with the surgeon who operated on his dislocated shoulder and is satisfied that he is well on the way to a full recovery.
The Watford man is expected to return to Brockhall later this week to begin the process of getting back to full fitness.
"Tommie Hoban had a good meeting yesterday with the surgeon and Andy Mitchell our head physio," revealed manager Owen Coyle.
"So we are looking for Tommie to return to us towards the end of this week and start to then do his training from there. Then it really comes down to a time issue.
"The surgeon felt yesterday that functionally the shoulder was doing everything that it should be, so what we do now and for the next few weeks is to strengthen that area and look to get Tommie to build up that level of fitness and then we take it from there.
"Without putting a time-frame on it I would certainly envisage that it would't be anything longer than three to four weeks but you can never tell with these injuries.
"The surgeon was delighted in terms of how it has progressed from the date of surgery to this point now, so hopefully we are now in the position to really start to step it up with the hope that Tommie isn't too far away from being involved again."