Kieran Bywater featured for Sheffield United during this afternoon’s Professional Development League victory over Cardiff City as he attempts to win a permanent contract at Bramall Lane.
Bywater, who is set to leave West Ham when his contract expires at the end of the season, completed the full 90 minutes of a match which also saw Michael Higdon continue his recovery from injury.
Although Higdon, the former Motherwell centre-forward, is unlikely to feature during tomorrow’s League One fixture against Oldham Athletic, United manager Nigel Clough told the Star: “We want everybody to be available because, as we’ve explained to them behind the scenes, they are all going to have a part to play. Big or small, they are all involved in what we are trying to achieve here.”
United make the journey to Greater Manchester fifth in the table, eight points clear of seventh-placed Rochdale, with five matches of the season remaining. Clough, speaking after Tuesday’s victory over Doncaster Rovers, warned there is still “plenty of work to do” before play-off qualification is assured.
Defender Bob Harris, who damaged a hamstring during the first-half of that game, is not expected to make the trip but Clough added: “Bob’s struggling but if he doesn’t take part here then there’s every chance he might be involved at Yeovil (on Tuesday) or in the one after that (against Bradford City). We’ve got a few lads carrying knocks as you would imagine at this stage.
“But with Jay (McEveley) and Bray (John Brayford) we’ve got some flexibility out there at the back which is good.”
Meanwhile, Florent Cuvelier will return to Bramall Lane for treatment after aggravating his hamstring complaint during a loan spell at Burton Albion.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the Albion manager, said: “If you know him, he works so hard and is a nice guy to have around the place. The whole players’ group loves him.
“He looks after his body, he eats well, he does everything for the sport and for him to get that setback is hard.”