Sheffield United Team News: Chris Wilder admits he’s ‘delighted and proud’ for Blades’ international stars as they report back with no fitness issues

Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, described himself as "delighted and proud” of the Blades’ international stars after confirming they all reported back to training with no ill-effects.

England U21 goalkeeper Dean Henderson, Republic of Ireland duo Enda Stevens and John Egan, Wales’ Ben Woodburn and Northern Ireland pair Oli Norwood and Conor Washington all represented their respective countries over the international break, while Rhys Norrington-Davies also earned his latest cap for Wales’ U21 side.

And, speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bristol City, Wilder confirmed: “All the senior boys came back fit and healthy, and all will be involved at the weekend.

“Going away with their countries is a great experience for them, playing against different styles and types of players. It’s great for their education. They’re all young players and it’s valuable experience for them.

“I’m delighted and proud that they are involved at international level.”

Another boost for United ahead of the trip to Ashton Gate came when striker Leon Clarke declared himself available, after missing the Aston Villa game before the break with a tight hamstring.

Israel's Moanes Dabour (left) and Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood battle for the ball at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Israel's Moanes Dabour (left) and Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood battle for the ball at Windsor Park, Belfast. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

“Leon’s trained right through,” Wilder said. “It was a tight call for him against Villa and the break’s come at a decent time for him. He’s recovered and he’ll be involved.”