Bob Harris will undergo an operation later today in a bid to cure a long-standing pelvic problem, writes James Shield.
The Sheffield United defender was troubled by the complaint during pre-season and is set to enter hospital this morning after consultants, in tandem with Bramall Lane’s medical team, decided surgery was the best course of action.
“It’s frustrating but this way, the experts have told us, gives Bob a better chance of coming back quickly and in the best shape,” Nigel Adkins, the United manager, said. “We’ve tried to take a more conservative approach with the injury but this should get it sorted out once and for all.”
Harris, aged 27, has missed all three of United’s fixtures so far this term. Adkins, whose side return to League One action at Peterborough tonight, has previously expressed concerns about the number of players who have been confined to the treatment room since his appointment two months ago. Matt Done, who fractured a collarbone during an under-21 fixture earlier this month, John Brayford, Ryan Flynn, Terry Kennedy and Harrison McGahey are among those yet to make a competitive appearance under Adkins.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Jose Baxter, however, both featured in the squad which beat Chesterfield 2-0 last weekend after recovering from hamstring and knee issues respectively.
“There’s a lot of talent in this group,” Adkins said. “And a lot of it which, for one reason or another, we’ve not been able to really see or utilise yet.
“Like I say, of course that’s a bit frustrating but it’s not happened deliberately. We just want to get these lads back out there on the pitch, fit and contributing.”