Sheffield United have been boosted by the return of two key players as they head for the biggest game of their League One campaign so far.
The Blades head for promotion favourites Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday and have seen forwards Jamie Murphy and Shaun Miller return to training after lengthy spells out.
For former Crewe striker Miller it is nine months since he suffered cruciate ligament damage on Boxing Day, but he is back in training, and while this weekend’s trip to Molineux is too soon, the 26-year-old is on the comeback trail.
Former Motherwell striker Murphy, 24, has not played for a month due to a groin injury.
“Jamie’s back training, he had his first day on Wednesday,” said manager David Weir, who will also be missing midfielder Callum McFadzean for the Wolves trip.
“Callum rolled his ankle last week, obviously missed the Preston game, and will be doubtful for the weekend. It’s weeks and days rather than anything beyond that.
“It’s great to have Jamie back, he is different to what we have got.
“He complements the other players within the group, he is a player who gets in dangerous positions and makes things happen for us.”
The Blades boss has overseen huge changes at Bramall Lane this season, but work off the field has so far not been reflected in results, with United having not win since the opening day of the season.
They travel to promotion favourites Wolves on Saturday, with Weir realistic to know he will not be given “limitless” time to cure United’s woes.
“Everybody wants patience, every coach and manager wants unlimited time, but you don’t get that in football,” said the rookie manager. “You have to be realistic, but we just try and speak the truth not make excuses.
“It will take time to bed in, it’s not limitless, but there has to be a benefit and a movement forward. I genuinely feel there has been a movement forward, an improvement, things that have been positive, but ultimately results have got to follow that.
“That’s the stage we are now, where we have to produce performances and get some results. As a football manager that is what you are judged on.”