Wilder Ready To Shuffle Pack For Rovers Test

Wilder Ready To Shuffle Pack For Rovers Test

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has said he will rest a number of players when the Blades face Blackburn in the Carabao Cup tonight. The Blades face a tough encounter in the second-round clash, but Wilder will not be fielding his strongest possible side following a bruising Premier League encounter against Leicester City at the weekend.

Wilder admits they are nursing “bumps and bruises” following the defeat to the Foxes and he will not be taking any risks, while it also presents the opportunity to get minutes into the legs of players who have not featured much so far this season.

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The 51-year-old hopes those with knocks will recover in time for the Premier League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and it is clear that the league and trying to stay in it, is the top priority. “We’ve got a couple of bumps and bruises from the weekend, which will mean a few players miss Tuesday,” Wilder told the club website.

“But there’s nothing long term, we’ve got no long-term injuries at all. “We’ll make a decision, but the more than likely decision is that we will make changes and give the boys a chance to put in a performance.”

John Fleck missed the defeat against Leicester with the injury that saw him hobble off during the win over Crystal Palace on August 18 and Wilder has his fingers crossed the midfielder will be back in contention at Chelsea. “He wasn’t close at all for Saturday, but we’ve got a full week now and hopefully he will be out on the grass pretty early.

We are hopeful John will be ready for the weekend and, if he does make it, I expect we will have a full squad to choose from,” said the Blades boss.

Elsewhere, new arrival Ravel Morrison is expected to make his full debut against Blackburn. The attacking midfielder, who moved to Bramall Lane in the summer, made his first appearance for the club as a late substitute against Leicester but will be on from the start tonight.

“It was good to get Ravel on to the pitch, even though it was difficult for him and we were chasing the game. He will definitely be involved on Tuesday night,” said Wilder. Other likely starters include Phil Jagielka, Ben Osborn, Billy Sharp and club record signing Oli McBurnie, while Simon Moore is likely to come in for Dean Henderson in goal.

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