Sheffield United head coach Chris Wilder has told the Sheffield Star that he believes Paul Coutts could get back into the first team if he has a good pre-season.

The 29-year-old midfielder signed for the Blades back in 2015 from Derby County and has made over 100 appearances for the club, scoring three goals in that time. However he suffered a huge blow this season when he suffered a broken leg following a tough challenge by Burton Albion’s Marvin Sordell and was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Coutts is now close to a full recovery and has travelled with the rest of the squad for their training camp with United. While he is not yet ready to take part in any matches, Wilder is watching him closely and he believes that if he works hard during this training camp, he could return to their first ahead of the new season.

He said: “He’s doing all the running and doing all the gym work,”

“He’s involved in training out in Portugal. He’s coming back from a horrible injury and we’ll get it right.”

“His attitude has been first class and he’s a first class player,”

“We want him back as soon as possible. We’re looking at him, scanning him and the consultant says it’s stronger than ever.”

“He’s been out of the game for nine months so it will take a while for him to get back up to speed and he’s got some very good players to get past too. But we want him back and we’ll do it properly.”

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