Blades boss David Weir is upbeat about United's League One clash with Coventry City later this month going ahead, despite having received three international call-ups this week.
Confirmation of George Long's inclusion in the England U21s squad on Thursday afternoon took the Blades tally to three after Sean McGinty and Marlon King had been selected by Republic of Ireland U21s and Jamaica respectively, meaning United could, in theory, request a postponement.
But Weir believes his squad can cope with the enforced absence of the trio at Sixfields a week on Sunday, a clash that is set to be televised by Sky Sports.
Weir said: "When you get international call-ups it is obviously positive news for the club and recognition for the individuals concerned, but it does affect the group.
"As we speak I expect the game to go-ahead and we are here to play football matches. Hopefully we can prove we have enough depth to the squad to cope with the absentees and still get a positive result.
"We trust the group and in this instance it will give certain players the chance to impress and I know they will be desperate to take their opportunity should the chance arise."