SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades bid to carry on unbeaten pre-season

Sheffield United: Blades news and reports.
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SHEFFIELD United flew back to England last night having escaped any major injuries during their warm weather training camp in Malta.

Danny Wilson, the League One club’s manager, confirmed Chris Porter and Ryan Flynn had both been withdrawn from Wednesday’s draw with Hibernians as a precautionary measure.

But Wilson told The Star the rest of his squad have emerged from a gruelling week in the Mediterreanean heat unscathed.

“The positive thing from our point of view is that the only problems we’ve had are impact injuries,” Wilson said.

“We’ve not had any strains or tweaks, stuff that you might usually expect at this stage of your preparations. So that’s really good news.”

Wilson added: “Flynny has got a little knock and Ports took a whack on his calf so we left them out of the final match because there’s no point in taking unnecessary risks.”

United will assess the forwards before deciding whether or not to include them in the team which travels to Rotherham on Tuesday.

Wilson, who described the stay in Malta as a “success,” admitted to being “excited” about the prospect of appearing at the recently opened New York Stadium.

United won Monday’s match against Zejtun Corinthians 6-0 and Wilson’s players will make the short journey to Steve Evans’ side looking to preserve an unbeaten record in friendly competition this summer.

They drew 1-1 with Ilkeston before departing for the Fortina Spa Hotel, Sliema.

“You look to step things up as you go along,” said Wilson. “Build and build and gradually get to the point where you want to be by the time that first game comes around.

“So Rotherham will be another step of that process.”

Wilson insisted: “Everything we do is tailored to that opening match.”