AIDEN O’Brien’s ankle injury isn't as bad first feared, according to manager Neil Harris.
It was thought the 21-year-old would miss all of August with ruptured ankle ligaments suffered in the draw with Wimbledon two weeks ago.
And Harris revealed O’Brien could be back sooner than expected after receiving positive news.
“Aiden has seen a specialist,” Harris said. “He’s progressing really well.
“We've had a bit of good news in that it might not be as long as first feared.
“With ankle ligaments, it will be about how the ankle reacts when he is outside, more so than the rehab he does inside the gym with Bobby Bacic.
“We’re hopeful he will only miss the first few games of the season.”
Meanwhile, the Lions boss has an update on Kris Twardek’s injury.
Harris said: “Kris has a nasty little toe injury— a dislocation and a break — so he will be out for a period of time, and he will certainly miss the first couple of months of the season.”