Sheffield United's next opponents Aston Villa boosted by return of key man

When Sheffield United kick off the Premier League’s return on June 17, the opposition could have a very important player return to their ranks.

Sunday, 7th June 2020, 2:17 pm

Aston Villa host the Blades in the first match of the top flight’s ‘Project Restart’ and there is a possibility that John McGinn could make an appearance.

It was against United that McGinn played one of his last games – a 2-0 win for Chris Wilder’s side in December – as a week later the Scot fractured his ankle against Southampton.

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Enda Stevens of Sheffield United and John McGinn of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Aston Villa at Bramall Lane on December 14, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The break in football due to the Covid-19 pandemic has given the midfielder time to recover and he reportedly made a comeback on Saturday in a friendly.

It has been reported in the Midlands that Villa took on West Brom in a warm-up match which finished 2-2 and McGinn was in the side.

The match is believed to have been played in three 30-minute periods, with McGinn reported to have played in one of those.

Keinan Davis and Jack Grealish scored for Villa in the match.

United also took part in a friendly on Saturday against Huddersfield Town and The Star reported on Sunday that Hull City and Barnsley have also been approached as the Blades ramp-up their preparations for the return to action a week on Wednesday.

The clash at Villa Park will be broadcast on Sky Sports, with a 6pm kick-off. The match is the clubs’ game in hand, due to Villa’s involvement in the Carabao Cup final earlier in the season.

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