The positive update is both John Fleck and Lys Mousset could return for Sheffield United this weekend after injury.
Fleck hasn’t played for the Blades since the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on October 4 after injuring his back while international duty with Scotland.
Manager Chris Wilder confirmed the midfielder would miss four to six weeks as a result.
Yet Yorkshire Live reports Fleck is in contention to feature against West Ham United this Sunday.
The 29-year-old has been back in training for the past two weeks. A decision will be made on Friday about whether he’ll play against the Hammers.
If he is deemed fit, Fleck is likely to start from the bench. If not, then the Scot will almost certainly be included in the match-day squad against West Bromwich Albion the following week.
What is the injury update with Mousset?
Like Fleck, Mousset has also been back out on the grass at Shirecliffe for the past fortnight.
The striker hasn’t played at all for the Blades this term after picking up a toe injury in a pre-season friendly against Preston North End.
Unfortunately, the “rare” problem required surgery and Mousset was later seen in a protective boot.
Wilder previously said early December was the target for the 24-year-old’s return. That remains on schedule.
It means the West Ham match is likely to come too soon for Mousset. However, there is a chance the Frenchman could return sooner than expected and make the bench at West Brom.
Which won’t be before time, as the Blades have missed their top scorer from 2019/20.
Only Burnley have netted fewer than Wilder’s side this season, with them currently bottom of the table with one point from eight games.
They’ve looked impotent in attack during that time and could use someone like Mousset – who was their biggest goal threat last campaign.