Sheffield United: Blades boss Chris Wilder hoping for triple striker boost

Nat Knight Percival of Bradford City throws an elbow into the face of Matt Done
Nat Knight Percival of Bradford City throws an elbow into the face of Matt Done
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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder could receive a double boost in the striker department ahead of his side’s next League One clash, against local rivals Chesterfield.

Wilder, whose side are 11 unbeaten in the league, face Leyton Orient in the FA Cup on Sunday before travelling to Grimsby for a meaningless Checkatrade Trophy tie on Tuesday.

But beyond that, Wilder hopes to have two of his top strikers back in action in time for the short trip to the Proact Stadium; with possibly a third fully firing, too.

“Matt Done hasn’t completely fractured his jaw,” Wilder said, “but it keeps him out oft he team, which is a disappointment for us and for him. He’s definitely out of the Orient game, but we’ll assess him after that and see how he goes.

“Leon Clarke is back out on the grass and running, so he could be back involved by the time we go to Chesterfield and Caolan Lavery, too, should have had a few minutes under his belt by then.

“So that completely changes the outlook of the group. Last Saturday, against MK Dons, I had basically a youth team on the bench so it’s a bit of a struggle, but there are no excuses from us.

“We’ll get through it the best we can and try to win games of football.”

Billy Sharp, meanwhile, has been nominated for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month award for League One.