Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn is hopeful Granddi Ngoyi will be back available for selection soon.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Redfearn said the mid-season signing is making positive progress.
Ngoyi signed on loan from Palermo last month but is yet to make his debut after picking up a thigh injury.
He said: "He's back rehab-ing now, he's doing a lot more running.
"I'm hoping he's going to be sooner rather than later because he would have been ideal to bring in, to rest one or two or to strengthen, so that's a little disappointing that he's injured, but like I said he's not far off."
Ngoyi was a teammate of Sol Bamba at Palermo, who has settled instantly at Leeds, even wearing the captain's armband.
He is a central midfielder who has a similar physical presence to Bamba, and could be a huge asset to the side when fit.
A former French youth international, who began his career at PSG, the 26-year-old should be determined to make up for lost time, and attempt to try to show Leeds why he would be worth buying on a permanent basis in the summer.
Tomorrow's game at Brighton and even the weekend's fixture with Watford are both likely too close for Ngoyi, but the home encounter with Ipswich on March 4 is perhaps a not unrealistic target for the midfielder to target making his first Leeds matchday squad.