Blades boss, Chris Wilder, has confirmed that both Enda Stevens and John Fleck are fully-fit ahead of Saturday’s clash with Norwich City.
The international duo both missed out in midweek as United saw off Reading in the FA Cup. It was widely accepted that Fleck was left out as a precautionary measure.
Stevens, on the other hand, had been withdrawn against Brighton through injury so, naturally, concerns were a bit higher when it came to the Irishman.
However, Wilder has moved to quell any fears the pair will miss out on Saturday, confirming that both players are fully-fit for the visit of the Canaries.
“Yes…both fit. Enda is fit. Flecky is fit,” Wilder said. (BBC Football Heaven)
“No risks on Tuesday night. We wanted to look at Sander playing in another position, too. The skipper’s fit, scoring goals which is great”.
Stevens had been an ever-present until being taken off against the Seagulls last weekend. The Irishman will be hoping for a similar result against Norwich this weekend as earlier in the campaign. The wing-back scored the equalising goal that day as United took all three points away from Carrow Road.
Fleck, meanwhile, will no doubt come straight back into the starting XI. The Scot is the joint top scorer this term with five goals and has been in fine form throughout the campaign.
Good news but others proved they can step in if needed
One of the big takeaways from the game against Reading was how well some of the squad players performed.
Ben Osborn proved he can step in for Stevens if needed. Luke Freeman, on the other hand, had arguably his best game in a Blades shirt standing in for Fleck. Indeed, it was Freeman’s fine work that set up Billy Sharp’s winning goal.
Both Stevens and Fleck will likely come back into the fold. Chris Wilder, though, will have no qualms about selecting Osborn or Freeman in the future if necessary.