Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder wants to keep hold of Sander Berge.
After finding his feet in the Premier League last season, Berge started this campaign in fine form and was United's best player until injury in the match at home to Manchester United in December forced him on the sidelines.
He looks set to be out until March, with his absence in United's midfield being felt as keenly as Jack O'Connell's has to the defence.
"He has a big scar down his leg, which I have just seen," said Wilder.
"I have been to see him. He's a popular boy, he's got a smile on his face, he's a bright boy and he's looking to return.
"There's no rush with him.
"It was a 12 to 16 week situation, so he's no nearer his comeback date, but he's working away with the medical department and the strength and conditioning guys.
"He has a smile on his face, which is brilliant and him and Jack O'Connell are huge players for us.
"He's been our best player since lockdown.
"He's working away and I would be delighted to get him back as soon as."
He added: "Regardless of what happens we would love him to stay here at the football club.
"He just gets on with it."