Sheffield United return to Championship action this weekend following the international break.

For the second time in as many games they face a local derby, travelling to play Rotherham United.

Prior to that the Blades drew 0-0 with Sheffield Wednesday in a match they dominated but could not find a goal.

Manager Chris Wilder was pleased with his players following that game, despite the result. So who will the Blades boss select at the New York Stadium?

Sheffield United predicted XI

Wilder gave some good news this week by revealing Dean Henderson would not be leaving in January. The Manchester United loanee has been impressive this season and should remain in goal.

There was a further positive with John Egan being passed fit to play at Rotherham. The defender picked up an injury while away with he Republic of Ireland but should also start.

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Flanked by Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell in a back three, Egan helps make up Wilder’s strongest defensive line. Either side of them Kieron Freeman and Enda Stevens will act as wing-backs after both returning from international duty.

Wilder has also confirmed that Oli Norwood will join United permanently in January. His fine form has kept Paul Coutts out of the side, with John Fleck complimenting him in central midfield after his long overdue Scotland call-up.

Ahead of them Mark Duffy has had a further fortnight to improve his fitness following two matches sidelined. Duffy’s role as the number ten is arguably the most important in the side and will be crucial to getting all three points.

Ahead of him is possibly Wilder’s biggest selection dilemma. Captain Billy Sharp should start, but who will play alongside him? David McGoldrick had a penalty saved against Wednesday, while Leon Clarke has struggled to replicate his impressive scoring form of last season.

Wilder has also said that Connor Washington is pushing for a start, but for this outing the 51-year-old is likely to keep the faith with McGoldrick.

GK – Dean Henderson

RCB – Chris Basham

CB – John Egan

LCB – Jack O’Connell

RWB – Kieron Freeman

RCM – Oli Norwood

LCM – John Fleck

LWB – Enda Stevens

CAM – Mark Duffy

RS – Billy Sharp

LS – David McGoldrick

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