Shaun Miller reported no ill-effects following his outing in a behind-closed doors friendly at the Redtooth Academy earlier this week, Sheffield United manager David Weir has confirmed.
The former Crewe Alexandra striker has been absent since December after sustaining a serious knee injury during the Boxing Day fixture with Scunthorpe.
Weir, speaking ahead of this evening’s League One fixture with Crawley Town, said: “Shaun got 45 minutes under his belt and did really well. Importantly, he also came through unscathed.
“It’s a really important step forward for him and also for us as a team because we know all about his qualities and what he can bring.”
Weir, who acknowledged it was “still too early” for Miller to be considered for first team selection, added: “Being involved in a game, taking and putting in some tackles, will do Shaun’s confidence the power of good.”
Town, who travelled north eighth in the table, could recall Gary Alexander after the experienced marksman completed a three match suspension.
However, United midfielder Callum McFadzean, whose older brother Kyle plays for the visitors, is expected to miss-out.
“Callum twisted his ankle so we can’t see him being able to take part,” Weir said. “But Jamie Murphy has continued to train this week and so that’s good news.”