YEP Blackman, Sheffield United’s first-choice goalkeeper, has been carrying a groin strain and only returned to training on Thursday.
In the circumstances, and given the opposition, Chris Wilder will surely gamble on Blackman’s fitness.
Conor Shaughnessy is another player recovering from an ankle problem. Striker Caleb Ekuban also remains sidelined as he continues to recover from breaking a bone in his foot while doubts still concern the participation of deadline day striker signing Tyler Roberts who arrived at the club having taken a knock.
PHIL HAY’S VIEW: “Leeds were taken to school by Sheffield United in October, at a time when the Blades were forcing the pace in the Championship, but that pace has caught up with Wilder’s squad and one win in six league games is enough to assure Leeds that there are ways of getting at them. That said, the Elland Road club are short on numbers, form and confidence and will do well to take a win from Bramall Lane. Nonetheless, Heckingbottom’s appointment should provide a spur.”