The defender stepped up his bid for full fitness with Sheffield Wednesday's Under-23s on Monday.
Van Aken last played for the Owls in August, having sat out the final five months of last season with a separate problem.
But the Dutch defender made his second appearance for Sheffield Wednesday's Under-23s on Monday, playing an hour in a 2-1 defeat against Bolton Wanderers.
That update was tweeted out by Wednesday's official Twitter account the following afternoon, although the response from a number of Owls fans was far from positive.
Here is what they are saying...
This is the least inspiring tweet I have ever read.— Sarah (@Kyla__Ren__) November 6, 2018
Probably why they lost, he’s poo— Donny Owl Chris (@chrisrishton) November 6, 2018
That’s because Joost Van Aken played an hour for the Under 23’s— Rob Harris (@rharris_22) November 6, 2018
The guy is absolute tosh.— James (@EagleJagOwl) November 6, 2018
He's not up to it, I'm afraid. An utter waste of money.— David Harpham (@deharpham) November 6, 2018
He’s a proper lightweight, nowhere near good enough for the championship. Don’t rate him at all.— dean france (@deanfrance4) November 6, 2018
Just when you thought things couldn't get much worse!— Gavin lancaster (@LancasterGavin) November 6, 2018
He's awful— Adam Ward (@AdamUTGWard) November 6, 2018
Every time I think of Joost Van Aken and the fee we supposedly paid for him, it reminds me of why we are in a mess with regards to FFP. Terrible player.— Pete (@PistolPete1867) November 6, 2018
Sheffield Wednesday are reported to have agreed to pay up to £4 million to sign Van Aken from Heerenveen a year ago.
But despite impressing with his technical ability, the defensive side of the 24-year-old's game has often left much to be desired.
And one of his more forgettable days came in last season's Steel City derby at Hillsborough - an occasion one Sheffield United fan has not forgotten...
Fingers crossed he’s ok for Friday. P.s UTB— Mark Treanor⚪️⚪️⚔️ (@MarkTreanor10) November 6, 2018
Nevertheless, there has been some support for Van Aken...
The replies to this are shameful. Support the team FFS. Now more than ever.— Steve Turner (@Majortarantino) November 6, 2018
I think we have a player somewhere in there. Cuts out the simple errors and bulks up a bit, he could be a real asset. In his first few games he was brilliant.— Andy McElwaine (@andymcelwaine) November 6, 2018
I know it's hard at the moment but can we just get behind the team instead of getting on their backs & damaging any confidence they have wawaw— Neil blockley (@blockley_neil) November 6, 2018
Can Van Aken recover from that disappointing start to his Sheffield Wednesday career?