VIDEO: Chris Wilder reveals Sheffield United are set for a defensive boost ahead of crunch clash with play-off rivals Middlesbrough

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Kieron Freeman is set to bolster Sheffield United’s defensive options ahead of tomorrow’s game against Middlesbrough.

The wing-back, who scored 11 goals for the club during last season’s League One title winning campaign, has not made a first team appearance since dislocating a knee against Ipswich Town in October.

Asked about Freeman’s progress before last weekend’s visit to Barnsley, manager Chris Wilder told The Star: “Kieron is close. He’s very close so that’s good news.

“The more competition we have for places the better. He’s doing really well.”

Although George Baldock has impressed since arriving from MK Dons following United’s promotion, Wilder added: “We want people pushed.”

Kieron Freeman

Kieron Freeman