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Joost van Aken pictured in training for Sheffield Wednesday

Joost van Aken pictured in training for Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday will welcome Middlesbrough to Hillsborough on Friday night when the Championship campaign resumes following the international break.

Both sides are currently sitting within a promotion spot and have both been playing extremely well so far this season.

Jos Luhukay’s side have already come up against the likes of Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion and managed to get a point from each meeting – something the Owls will want to at least match on Friday.

Wednesday have had their concerns off the pitch this season, with the number of injuries they have had, however, they could be in for a timely boost.

The club posted a gallery of photos showing the squad training on Wednesday on their official Instagram page, with Joost van Aken pictured back at work.

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Here’s some snaps from today’s training session at Middlewood Road #swfc

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The Dutch defender has been on the sidelines since August when he picked up an injury against Sunderland in the League Cup.

The Verdict:

Sheffield Wednesday will be pleased that Van Aken is the latest player to be making his way back to action after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Owls have had a number of players absent over the course of the season already and will be keen that the Dutchman does not have any setbacks in his recovery, as he is likely going to need to play developmental football before making a return to the first-team.

However, once he does, he will need to compete with the likes of Michael Hector, Tom Lees, Daniel Pudil and Jordan Thorniley for a spot, as they have all been impressive in Luhukay’s side so far.

Sheffield Wednesday fans – thoughts?

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