‘In his heart he’s a Millwall player’ – No issues for Sheffield United or Ryan Leonard as they prepare to face-off this weekend, says James Shield

James Shield, The Star’s Sheffield United writer, can forsee no issues with Ryan Leonard appearing in Saturday’s clash between Millwall and the Blades at The Den.

As The Star revealed yesterday, Leonard is free to face Chris Wilder’s men despite joining the Londoners on loan, until January when the move is made permanent.

Sheffield United Team News: No ill-effects from behind-closed-doors friendly as several key Blades get 90 minutes 

Wilder confirmed at his pre-match press conference this morning that Leonard is eligible to play, which elicited a mixed reaction from fans of a red and white persuasion.

Click the play button above to hear James’ thoughts on the Leonard matter, as well as his preview of Saturday's clash.

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James Shield

James Shield

United’s players reported no ill-effects from their behind-closed-doors outing against Bury in midweek, according to Blades boss Wilder ahead of Saturday’s trip to Millwall.

United scheduled the game at their Steelphalt Academy training base to give some of their players out of Wilder’s side some game time, with Leon Clarke, Conor Washington, Ben Woodburn, Richard Stearman and Paul Coutts amongst those in action.

And Wilder, ahead of this weekend’s trip to The Den, said: “It’s been a good positive week, after a game last weekend against Preston that we had to win twice.

“Everyone in the behind-closed-doors game got 90 minutes – we put a really strong side out and it was a competitive game. That was good, and now all the focus turns to Saturday.”