David Weir was delighted to see Shaun Miller return to action earlier this week.
The former Crewe striker, sidelined since Boxing Day last year, completed 45 minutes of Tuesday's reserve team friendly against Bradford City, pleasing the Blades boss, who commented:
"Shaun is in good shape, he played the first-half in midweek and looked sharp, importantly he came through a couple of tackles unscathed and that will give him confidence. He has been training with the first-team for the last four or five weeks now and is getting closer with each passing week.
"It is a positive for the lad himself and it will be a major plus to have him available, because it gives us another attacking option."
The Gaffer added: "We have had to be patient with Shaun but thankfully we are nearly there. With such a serious injury you have to bide your time because if not you can often have further muscular problems.
"We need to gradually up his programme now and the more minutes he gets the sharper he will feel, which will benefit us when he returns to the first-team squad.
"It is encouraging for everyone but we cannot afford to rush him through these reserve games because he needs to get as much action under his belt as possible."
* There is an exclusive interview with Shaun Miller in Friday night's official matchday programme, UTB.