Shaun Miller is poised to make his long-awaited comeback from injury, Sheffield United manager David Weir has revealed.
The former Crewe Alexandra centre-forward could be declared available for selection within the next few weeks after returning to full training.
Weir, confirming Miller’s nine month absence will soon be at an end, told The Star: “Shaun is back with us. The thing now is to get him involved in a game.
“We’re talking about either a behind-closed doors friendly or the next under-21’s fixture.
“We know what his qualities and capabilities are. He’s a very good player as he showed before he was ruled-out.
“Shaun has been working really hard and he’s got the benefits of that.
“We don’t want to rush him but he’s back in the group which is great news.”
Miller scored eight goals in only 11 starts after arriving at Bramall Lane in July last year before sustaining cruciate ligament damage during the Boxing Day fixture against Scunthorpe.
United face Leeds in the Professional Development League on October 7 and Weir added: “Shaun has been out for a very long time so we’ll be careful and not take risks with him. But we want to get him involved in a match now because that’s where he’s at.”
United’s first team squad visit third placed Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday ranked 22nd in the table and hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive League One defeat.
Callum McFadzean is set to miss out after rolling his ankle - “We’re talking days or weeks, not months,” Weir said - but Jamie Murphy could bolster United’s attacking options.
“Everybody wants patience, every coach and manager wants unlimited time, but you don’t get that in football,” Weir said. “You have to be realistic because there’s been a lot of change 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 and things that have been positive but ultimately results have got to follow that.
“That’s the stage we are now, where have to produce performances and get some results. As a football manager that is what you are judged on.
“David Moyes has spoke about that (at Manchester United) and Jose Mourinho. They are way above where we are but they do speak a lot of sense in that regard.
“Time helps but you also have to move forward and I genuinely feel we are.”
Weir added: “You do learn things about yourself, primarily, and others when you are losing. But being honest, the vast majority of things I have learned have been positive.
“About people, the players and ourselves and I think in time that will stand us in good stead.
“It has been difficult times in the last few weeks. Of course there is no getting away from that.
“But what doesn’t break you makes you stronger. That’s definitely how I feel.”