Sheffield United will await the results of fitness tests on three key players before naming their squad for tomorrow’s game at Barnsley, writes James Shield.
Defenders Jay McEveley and Terry Kennedy are both scheduled to be examined by medical staff at the Redtooth Academy later this morning while Stefan Scougall is also scheduled to undergo an assessment as he prepares to return from injury.
Nigel Clough, the United manager, said: “We’ve got a few people that we need to look at. We want everyone to be available, that goes without saying, but equally there’s nothing to be gained by putting people in who aren’t quite ready.”
United’s preparations have been further complicated by the fact that Ryan Flynn, Jose Baxter and Steven Davies also suffered knocks during last weekend’s League One fixture with Crewe Alexandra. Clough must also decide whether to recall captain Michael Doyle to his starting eleven.
“Michael isn’t too far away (from a ban) under the totting-up process,” Clough said. “That’s something we’ve always been aware of.”
Scougall has not featured since February but scored for United’s under-21’s at Bristol City on Monday afternoon. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ben Whiteman were also among those on target.
McEveley has been rested after dislocating a shoulder while Kennedy is a doubt after complaining of discomfort in his groin following the Professional Development League encounter at Failand training complex.