Sheffield United will host Middlesbrough at Bramall Lane on Wednesday night as the two sides look to solidify their hopes of promotion.
Both sides have been playing well this season and find themselves in the hunt of playing Premier League football in the next campaign.
Chris Wilder will want to see a reaction from his side following their 3-3 draw to Aston Villa last Friday after he saw a three-goal lead slip out of their grasps in the final ten minutes of the game.
And, according to the Sheffield Star, he will be without one of his key men for the visit of Tony Pulis’ side.
Chris Basham picked up his tenth booking of the season in the game against The Villans and will now be suspended for Wednesday’s encounter.
Wilder admitted that the defender is an important member of his side, but believed Martin Cranie is more than capable of filling in for him.
“We’ve got a group of players who have to cope with injuries and suspensions and situations like this,” he said.
“I’m never one to moan and groan about it – it is what it is, and we’re missing an important player in Bash.
“But Cranes came in against Wigan and we won 3-0 – he’s an experienced player and we worked to make the group stronger than it was year for situations like this.
“We have to get over it, and crack on. I’ve got absolutely no issues with it.”
Marvin Johnson is also unavailable due to loan rules but Scott Hogan could make a return to the side after missing the game against Aston Villa for the same reasons.
Wilder will want to see a reaction from his Sheffield United squad on Wednesday night after they dropped two points on Friday.
With both Leeds United and Norwich City in action as well, The Blades will be desperate to keep pace with the sides above them in the Championship table.
Basham’s absence may come as a blow to their chances against Middlesbrough, however, Wilder certainly feels confident his squad can cope with the gap he will leave in the first-team.
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