Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says Lys Mousset and Enda Stevens could return from injury this week.
Wilder was once again unable to name a full bench as the Blades lost 2-1 to Chelsea in the Premier League.
The 53-year-old still has a lengthy list of injuries, but ahead of hosting Bristol City in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday, there could be some good news.
“Lys has had a couple of issues recently, so he’s not been involved,” Wilder said after the Blues defeat.
“So we’ll see how he rocks up tomorrow morning.
“We’ll see how Enda Stevens rocks up tomorrow morning.
“I’m not so sure George (Baldock) will be back this week, but that shouldn’t be too long. And there’s a couple of others who have got a couple of problems who I’m sure won’t be back for Wednesday/the weekend.”
Mousset and Stevens injury return a boost for Sheffield United
Having extra numbers ahead of another busy week of fixtures can only be a good thing for United.
Mousset has struggled for fitness this season, playing just seven times in all competitions.
The striker has started only three of those and hasn’t played since January 9. Mousset has also failed to find the back of the net in 2020/21, having top scored last term.
Stevens, meanwhile, has missed the last four games with his own injury problems.
The defender was a mainstay in 2019/20, starting all 38 league fixtures. But both Stevens’ form and fitness has faltered this time around.
Yet once again, simply having increased numbers back will be a boost for Wilder. Especially ahead of a winnable league clash with West Ham United at the weekend.
As for the other injuries Wilder refers to, we know that Sander Berge and Jack O’Connell are long-term absentees.
Ben Osborn returned against Chelsea, but only made the bench, while Baldock (hamstring) and Jack Robinson remain side-lined.