John Lundstram has eased the pressure on Sheffield United’s first team squad after returning to training.
The midfielder missed Thursday’s victory over Maritimo at the Estadio Municipal Bela Vista with a hamstring complaint but took part in the final training session of their stay in Portugal.
Chris Wilder, the United manager, will asess Lundstram’s progress before naming his team for Tuesday’s visit to Bradford City. Goalkeeper Simon Moore, another absentee against Claúdio Braga’s side, is also poised to resume his pre-season preparations after recovering from a thigh strain.
“It’s nothing serious with John,” Wilder said. “He just picked something up before coming out. It’ll be fine and he’s back with the main group now.
“He’s still being working hard but, obviously, there was nothing to be gained from putting him in (against Maritimo) the other night.”
Although Lundstram could feature on the team sheet at Valley Parade, Saturday’s trip to Mansfield Town appears a more realistic target as Wilder attempts to ensure the majority of his players are available for selection when the new Championship campaign begins next month.
Jake Wright is set to miss August 4th’s encounter with Swansea City after it emerged he required surgery to repair a facial injury.
Paul Coutts has also yet to appear in a United jersey since breaking a leg against Burton Albion in November. Although the Scot remains determined to be passed fit ahead of the City clash, United’s medical staff have adopted a more conservative approach to his rehabilitation.
Like Lundstram and Moore, Coutts flew-out to the Algarve but has spent the majority of his stay working with a member of Wilder’s backroom team.
“There’s nothing to worry about,” Wilder said, after revealing consultants are “delighted” with how the Scot’s fracture has healed. “Everything is as we expected, to be honest. We want to make sure he’s right and he’s coming along well.”