David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, will use this afternoon’s friendly at York City to apply the finishing touches to his team’s preparations for the new League One campaign.
United named a strong starting eleven for last night’s 2-2 draw with Atromitos which saw centre-forwards Chris Porter and Lyle Taylor both write their names on the scoresheet.
Taylor, who entered the fray as a second-half substitute, is expected to enjoy a more prominent role at Bootham Crescent where he will attempt to hit the target for the third time in as many games having opened his account against Alfreton Town on Monday.
Conor Coady, on loan from Liverpool, Sean McGinty and Mark Howard are also expected to enjoy extended run-outs.
Weir said: “We’ve got one more game to go and so it’s going to be an important outing.
“We’re on the right track but there are still a few things we are looking to work on and get better at.”
“We’ll mix things around a little bit,” Weir added. “So some of the players who weren’t in from the word ‘go’ (against Atromitos) will probably start at York.
“But we’re also looking to finalise a few things. It’s all part of the process.”
City enter the game “in fine fettle” according to their manager Nigel Worthington after recent draws against Huddersfield Town, Blackpool and namesakes Leicester.
While Weir is unlikely to risk Marcus Williams after he sustained a back injury during yesterday’s contest, his counterpart in North Yorkshire acknowledged Lewis Montrose and Wes Fletcher would probably be wrapped in cotton wool due to minor knocks.
Ryan Bowman is also a doubt for City after he required five stitches following a clash of heads against Leicester.
“They’ve a new manager in David Weir, who had an absolutely fantastic career as a player, so it’s going to be another good challenge for us and it is up to us to step up to the mark,” Worthington said.
“John is back in training. Lewis is probably unlikely but will be getting very close, while Wes is most unlikely – but doing very well.”
“If anything you would like to notch a little win up which would just top up the confidence side of things but we are in very good fettle,” Worthington added.
“There is a good spirit, they are bright, they are enjoying their work and credit to them and the staff. Everyone has worked very hard over the last four and a half weeks to get to where we are at.
“I think we are at the stage where we are almost ready to start.”
United return to competitive action when Notts County arrive at Bramall Lane on Friday.