Sheffield United injury and suspension news ahead of Aston Villa comeback
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Sheffield United injury and suspension news ahead of Aston Villa comeback

It looks to be positive for Sheffield United in terms of injury and suspension news ahead of their comeback match with Aston Villa.

The Blades kick off the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ on June 17 when they travel to Villa Park.

It will bring to an end more than three months of professional football in England being suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Players had been in lockdown at home like most of the rest of the country until fairly recently. When they first returned to training they maintained social distance rules, but contact has since resumed.

Players and staff are being regularly tested for coronavirus and that will continue, twice a week, when fixtures return behind closed doors.

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What is the Sheffield United injury and suspension news?

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Before football was put on hold, the Blades only had one injury concern. That was Enda Stevens, whom Yorkshire Live reports was suffering a tight calf.

The problem had forced Stevens to be substituted in both of United’s matches before lockdown began. Ben Osborn had been performing solidly as the Irishman’s deputy.

Manager Chris Wilder said at the time that Stevens would need a few weeks to recover. The 29-year-old has now had that and then some and is expected to start against Villa on Wednesday.

Beyond that Wilder has a squad with a full bill of health. The only issue – which is the same for all teams – is what level of match fitness the players will have.

The Premier League has looked to counter this by increasing the number of permitted substitutions during a game from three to five. There will also be nine subs on the bench, instead of seven.

As for suspensions, United have no immediate concerns there either. The deadline for an automatic one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards passed in week 19.

Barring being sent off and non-football disciplinary issues, players will now only be suspended if they reach ten yellows before week 32. The only Blade in any danger of doing that is John Fleck, who currently has seven.

Behind Fleck, George Baldock and Oliver Norwood have six, while Stevens is on five.

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