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Injury boost for Sheffield United with Baldock and Stevens reportedly back

Sheffield United have received a double injury boost ahead of their trip to West Ham United, with both George Baldock and Enda Stevens set to return.

That’s according to Sky Sports, who report that manager Chris Wilder should have both full-backs available on Monday night.

Baldock hasn’t played since being withdrawn at half-time during the 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on February 2.

It later emerged the 27-year-old had a hamstring problem.

As for Stevens, he’s been absent since the FA Cup victory against Plymouth Argyle on January 23 because of a calf injury.

Baldock has trained this week, although is the more doubtful of the two to return at the London Stadium. Stevens, however, should certainly be available to Wilder.

It’s a timely boost, as the Blades continue their battle to avoid relegation.

The gap between themselves and safety has already increased this weekend, with both Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley having picked up points.

It now stands at 14 points.

Baldock and Stevens being back from injury can only help

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Injuries have been a big problem for the South Yorkshire side so far this season.

Wilder has struggled to name a full bench during recent games as a result.

The 53-year-old has spoken about long-term absentees Sander Berge and Jack O’Connell ahead of the West Ham game.

Both players are key to the Blades, but Wilder says they’re unlikely to be back on the pitch any time soon.

In the absence of Baldock, Jayden Bogle has been greatly impressing at wing-back. In fact, even if the former is available Bogle may still get the nod on the right against the Hammers – such is his impressive form.

The left flank has been more problematic, however, with Max Lowe having struggled to replace Stevens.

Ben Osborn is another option, having recovered from his own fitness issues to make the bench for the last two games.

Alternatively, Bogle could be switched to the left, allowing Baldock to play on the right.

Whatever Wilder decides, he’s sure to be happy to have more options to call upon.

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