Will Joe Bennett's injury hand a Wednesday lifeline to Jeremy Helan?

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With their Aston Villa loanee out, could the Owls turn to the man they farmed out to Wolverhampton Wanderers in February?

Aston Villa loanee Joe Bennett is facing a race to be fit for Sheffield Wednesday's play-off campaign - should they get there of course.

Bennett revealed on Twitter last night he suffered a twisted knee in training on Sunday, and tore a small part of his ligament in the process.

The 26-year-old, who's kept clean sheets in all three of his league appearances for Wednesday, said the injury was "nothing too serious" but has ruled him out for weeks nonetheless.

And when asked if he'd be back in time for the play-offs, Bennett responded with with a series of praying-hand emojis.

Bennett's absence leaves Wednesday thin on the ground in his department, with first-choice Daniel Pudil the only recognised left-back currently available to head coach Carlos Carvalhal.

And that could mean a recall for Jeremy Helan, who's been on loan to Wolves since late February.

Helan has made seven starts for Kenny Jackett's men since signing and Carvalhal's comments at the time of his departure suggest the Frenchman may still feature in his plans.

"He is a player we trust and we want him to play," the Portuguese told the club Twitter account. "We can recall him (after) 28 days but I think this move is very good for everyone."

Wolves have four games left to play, starting with a trip to Leeds on Tuesday and ending against Wednesday at next month, which means it's only three for Helan unless he is beaconed back before then.

But after the club website ran an interview with the 23-year-old ahead of tonight's Elland Road visit, it's unlikely the Owls have exercised their option already.

With Wolves mid-table no matter what, Helan is arguably more valuable to his parent club right now.

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