Chris Wilder provides an update on David McGoldrick's fitness ahead of Sheffield United's FA Cup tie at Millwall

Chris Wilder will assess the fitness of David McGoldrick before Sheffield United travel to Millwall this weekend after admitting he is considering playing a strong side in the FA Cup fourth-round clash.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 5:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 5:30 pm

Wilder made 11 changes to his side for the third-round victory over AFC Fylde at Bramall Lane, which came after mentally and physically sapping games away at Manchester City and Liverpool.

That 2-1 win set up a fourth-round trip to The Den to face the Lions on Saturday - and McGoldrick, who missed United's games against Arsenal and City with a foot problem, could be eased back into action in the cup tie.

"We had a decision to make over David and I decided it wasn't worth the risk," Wilder revealed.

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David McGoldrick of Sheffield Utd: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

"We've got some huge games coming up, and a huge challenge at Millwall on Saturday.

"We'll see if he's OK for that and we'll assess everyone, because we want to have a good cup run and I've got to make the right decisions.

"I want to go strong because it's a tough place to go and I want to progress."

Wilder, though, is expected to shuffle his pack to some degree, with a number of players on the periphary of his first-team plans eager to impress. The likes of Callum Robinson, Ben Osborn and Luke Freeman could start against Gary Rowett's side, while Jack Robinson could make his United debut after signing from Nottingham Forest earlier this week.

"I tried to make the right decisions against City," Wilder added, after Sergio Aguero's goal sealed a 1-0 victory for the reigning Premier League champions.

"I thought the skipper [Billy Sharp] was excellent and freshened it up. I thought Mo [Besic] was fabulous, too.

"John Lundstram has been brilliant in the way he's played and the distances he's covered. I don't want anyone chucking him under the bus because he doesn't deserve it, and if they do there might be a call from me.

"He's been outstanding and he'll go again.

"I picked the right side against City and we'll look to do so again at Millwall. Then we're back in Premier League action against Crystal Palace, and I'm looking forward to that one already."