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Slavisa Jokanovic confirms double Sheffield United player boost ahead of Preston North End clash

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Sheffield United’s squad could be bolstered for tomorrow night’s visit of Preston North End with the return of both Sander Berge and Ben Davies, Slavisa Jokanovic has confirmed.

Coming off the back of a dominating 6-2 success over Peterborough United, Jokanovic won’t want to change too much from the line-up that was successful against Posh, but the return to training of both Berge and Davies will give him food for thought.

Berge failed to secure a move away from Bramall Lane this summer despite much interest in his signature, with the £22 million man now staying at the club until at least January.

The Norwegian had started every league game for the Blades before the international break but missed out on Saturday due to a COVID-related issue, and also absent was Davies who was missing for an undisclosed reason.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Jokanovic confirmed that Berge and Davies had returned to training but it will be too soon for David McGoldrick and perhaps also Robin Olsen, whose potential participation tomorrow evening remains a mystery.

 “Ben Davies has come back into the group and (David) McGoldrick we expect to be back in the next week,” Jokanovic revealed, via LancsLive.

“We have started working with (Sander) Berge after his Covid situation.

“With Robin (Olsen) I hope he can be available for tomorrow but I cannot confirm.

“We expect next week can be Lys (Mousset), Enda (Stevens) and McGoldrick to start with us.

“A couple of players haven’t recovered 100 per cent and I need to check on them.”

The Verdict

This is a good thing for Jokanovic to have both Davies and Berge back available but he may not be so keen to rush them back after what he saw on Saturday.

The midfield two of John Fleck and Oliver Norwood played well with the former getting on the scoresheet and there maybe work to be done for Berge to get back in the team and for Conor Hourihane to break into it.

Davies may be the more likelier of the two to get a start tomorrow night, and that’s only because Jack Robinson hasn’t been the most convincing defender in the first six matches.

He will be right up for it against his former club as well so there’s a chance we see one of the two in the starting 11 tomorrow night but both to start could be deemed as quite unlikely.


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