New boys Dowell and Madine available for Blades

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Sheffield United pair Kieran Dowell and Gary Madine could make their league debuts in the home game against QPR.

Sheffield United pair Kieran Dowell and Gary Madine could make their league debuts in the home game against QPR.

England Under-21 midfielder Dowell started in last week’s FA Cup defeat to Barnet after joining on loan until the end of the season from Everton, while striker Madine arrived this week in a similar deal from Cardiff.

Boss Chris Wilder, who has no new injury concerns, made 10 changes for his side’s shock home defeat to Barnet and will revert back to his strongest line-up.

The likes of Billy Sharp, John Egan, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck and Mark Duffy are all expected to return..

QPR manager Steve McClaren has a strong squad to choose from for the trip to Bramall Lane.

McClaren was impressed by the performances of the likes of Matt Ingram, Grant Hall,Darnell Furlong,Aramide Oteh andBright Osayi-Samuel during the FA Cup win over Leeds.

And the former England boss must decide whether they have done enough to keep their place in the side against the Blades.

Angel Rangel, Geoff Cameron and Tomer Hemed remain sidelined through injury, while Massimo Luongo is on international duty with Australia.

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