As Sheffield United makes preparations to travel to Bristol City for this weekend’s SkyBet Championship clash, all eyes will be on Chris Wilder’s starting XI as Paul Coutts could make his long awaited comeback from injury.
Coutts was named as a unused substitute in the Blades last outing, a 4-1 home win over Aston Villa which lifted United into third position. His return came following a incident in November 2017 when the former Preston and Derby midfielder broke his leg at Burton Albion.
Last week he played in a testimonial match at Sheffield FC where the Blades won 11-2.
United fans will be hopping that the International break has aided in his recovery even further and will be ready for a starting place, and could like up with a midfield of Coutts, John Fleck and Oliver Norwood.
Leon Clarke missed the Villa victory to injury but he could be back in contention, though David McGoldrick will by vying to retain his first team place and Conor Washington looking to make his full debut. Defenders Martin Cranie and Kean Bryan, along with Winger Marvin Johnson will all be looking to make their debuts also.
In a week where Bristol City have unveiled plans to build a state of the art training facility, sixth placed Robins will be looking will be looking to leapfrog Sheffield United into a automatic spot by aid of a better goal difference.
???? "This will bring our facilities into the 21st century and provide the football club’s Academy and first team with an elite performance environment."#BristolCity CEO Mark Ashton reflects on a positive result as we secure planning permission at Failand.
— Bristol City FC (@BristolCity) September 12, 2018
City boss Lee Johnson expects to see defender Tomas Kalas available for selection after the on-loan Chelsea man took a knock whilst on International duty with Czech Reopublic.