Manager Alex Neil welcomes back the first of his suspended midfield duo, with Ryan Ledson available for selection after missing the last three games following his red card at Leeds United last month.
Ben Pearson is missing the final game of his three-match ban, whilst Alan Browne came through Tuesday night’s trip to Elland Road unscathed, giving the gaffer midfield options for the trip to Bramall Lane.
Sean Maguire, Calum Woods and Billy Bodin are ruled out, with their longer-term injuries, but the North End boss has options should he wish to make changes for the clash with Chris Wilder’s Blades.
United midfielder John Fleck recovered from a groin injury to be involved in their game hosting Birmingham City on Wednesday night and he should be fine to continue against the Lilywhites.
PNE’s former midfield man Paul Coutts, who has been out for a year with a broken leg, got some good news this week as he played 90 minutes of an U23 game, but may need more matches before he returns to the starting XI in the first team.
Before the clash with the Blues Wilder said that his summer strengthening will allow him to make changes for the two games coming in the space of 72 hours, so the side that played Garry Monk’s outfit may not be the one that lines up against North End on Saturday afternoon, with the Blades boss having chosen to make five changes for the goalless draw with the second city side.