Nick Montgomery could return for Sheffield United against Coventry but on-loan defender Ritchie De Laet has returned to Manchester United.

Manager Gary Speed is hoping to extend De Laet's loan deal but the Belgian will not be available for the visit of the Sky Blues so Andy Taylor and Matt Lowton will vie for a starting place at full-back.

Montgomery, rated 50/50, has missed the last three games due to an Achilles injury which last week required an injection.

Another defender, Stephen Jordan, remains sidelined due to a hamstring strain but Ched Evans is back in contention following a recurrence of a groin injury.

Speed must decide whether to recall Evans or Jamie Ward to his starting line-up or retain the partnership of Richard Cresswell and Daniel Bogdanovic as the Blades chase only their second win in seven league matches.

Coventry boss Aidy Boothroyd is hoping Clive Platt, Ben Turner and Richard Wood all prove their fitness ahead of the trip as he looks to name an unchanged XI for the fourth successive match.

Striker Platt and central defensive pairing Turner and Wood have each picked up slight knocks but are expected to come through and train ahead of the Bramall Lane clash.

Striker Marlon King could travel to South Yorkshire having recovered from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of last weekend`s 3-0 victory over Barnsley, although his involvement remains to be seen with Boothroyd unlikely to take any risks with his fitness.

Freddy Eastwood (knee) and Chris Hussey (metatarsal) are back in training but Saturday is expected to come too soon for them both.

David Bell, Stephen O'Halloran and Gary Deegan are also close to making their returns from long-term injury and are expected to be back in the fold soon.

The sixth-placed Sky Blues will be looking to continue their impressive form and register their first victory at Bramall Lane since September 2001 against a United side who are struggling to find top gear.

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