Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has given an update on George Baldock, Ben Osborn and Enda Stevens ahead of facing Chelsea.
Osborn hasn’t played since the 1-0 win over Newcastle United on January 12 because of a calf issue. Meanwhile, Enda Stevens has missed the past three games due to his own fitness problems.
Baldock was withdrawn just before half-time in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory against West Bromwich Albion. The Sheffield Star reports he has a hamstring injury.
Wilder admits the right-back is “touch and go” to play against the Blues on Sunday. But the Blades boss is generally positive about his options.
“Ben Osborn’s returned to the full training today, so he’ll be available for the weekend,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“We’re just looking at Enda over the next couple of days and hopefully he’ll be involved at the weekend as well.
“There’s a couple of little issues, but nothing major. Hopefully, with Ben coming back into it, we won’t lose any more players from the midweek fixture.
“There’s going to be some touch and go ones for the weekend.”
Baldock, Osborn and Stevens availability a boost for Sheffield United
The Blades have been hit with many injury problems so far this season.
Both Sander Berge and Jack O’Connell are long-term absentees, while Lys Mousset has barely featured due to various issues.
Jack Robinson is also currently side-lined and with Ethan Ampadu unable to play against his parent club this weekend, Wilder needs options in defence.
Ampadu has started the past eight matches in all competitions in the back three, alongside Chris Basham and John Egan.
Yet his ineligibility against Chelsea means someone else must step in. Stevens could play there if fit, while Kean Bryan is another possibility.
If Baldock can start then he may keep his spot on the right, with the in-form Jayden Bogle playing on the left.
However, as a naturally right-sided player, Bogle does have to cut inside when in that position.
So he could revert back to the right, with either Osborn or Stevens coming in at left wing-back. Max Lowe is also available.
Essentially, Wilder has a number of choices – which can only be a good thing when facing a rejuvenated Chelsea under new manager Thomas Tuchel.