Sander Berge is in line to start for Sheffield United against Crystal Palace this weekend, reports The Sheffield Star.
Berge made his first appearance for the club since December 17 at the weekend when he came off the bench at half-time during the 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Despite spending so long on the sidelines, it’s thought the midfielder is ready to be named in the starting XI.
Berge’s injury was described as “freak” by former Blades manager Chris Wilder.
Attempting to block the ball, the 23-year-old was hit on the end of the toe and it resulted in his hamstring tendon being pulled off the bone.
Berge required surgery and it was initially thought he’d be out of action for three months. However, it has actually been closer to four.
In his absence, United’s relegation from the Premier League has been confirmed after a poor season.
Injuries to key players such as Berge certainly hasn’t helped them. Jack O’Connell has also missed nearly all of the campaign, while the likes of Chris Basham, John Egan, John Fleck, Lys Mousset and Enda Stevens have all faced lengthy spells out.
Fans react to Sander Berge return ahead of possible Crystal Palace start
Berge has been strongly linked with an exit from Bramall Lane this summer.
The likes of Liverpool and Manchester City are reported to be interested in the Norway international.
So while most supporters are pleased to see him back, many think it will only be in the short term.
The Blades host Palace at 3pm on Saturday looking for only their sixth league win of 2020/21.
Coincidentally, Berge actually made his debut for the club against the Eagles after joining in January 2020.
The Norwegian was given a warm welcome by the away support at Selhurst Park. Berge later revealed he has a picture of that moment on his wall.
Unfortunately things haven’t gone to plan for the player or the Blades since then and their association could soon be over.