Photo: Ciaran Clark pictured back in Sheffield United training pre-West Brom

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Photo: Ciaran Clark pictured back in Sheffield United training pre-West Brom

It seems some time since Sheffield United fans saw Newcastle loanee Ciaran Clark in the red and white stripes.

Clark started the opening two games of the season and looked accomplished on the left side of the back three alongside John Egan and Anel Ahmedhodzic. However, like so many others, Clark suffered an injury and hasn’t been seen since.

Again, like others, he suffered a setback in his recovery and has missed every game since Millwall in August.

However, ahead of Sheffield United v West Brom this weekend, Clark looks to be back. A picture published on Sheffield United’s official Twitter account shows Clark apparently in full training. The Newcastle loanee is photo’d doing training exercises, crucially, with the ball involved.

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Clark has been among a number of left-footers to be missing through injury. However, slowly but surely, it seems players are working their way back.

John Fleck started against Norwich while Jack Robinson is also back involved. Whether or not Clark is fit enough to play any sort of part remains to be seen.

The Irishman is likely to take the place of Chris Basham. The experienced Blades hero has been filling in across the back four in recent months. However, he has looked a shadow of his former self at times and Clark’s return will be welcomed.

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Make no mistake, Sheffield United need a left-footed defender back and Ciaran Clark will feel like a brand new signing.

He looked steady enough in those opening two games as well. United might have lost at Watford but the clash with Millwall showed Clark’s class. He looked comfortable and alongside Egan, seemed sure of himself.

United need their squad back and firing before the international break. No wins in six have made the next five games huge. Clark’s return, then, will be a most welcome sight for Paul Heckingbottom and co.

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