Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough hopes Terry Kennedy returns for weekend clash with Oldham

Terry Kennedy
Terry Kennedy

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is hopeful that Terry Kennedy returns from injury in time for Saturday’s trip to Oldham Athletic.

Kennedy, who returned from injury in time to face his hometown club Barnsley at the weekend, then missed Tuesday’s 3-2 derby win over Doncaster Rovers at Bramall Lane with a groin injury.

United are keen to have him available after Bob Harris limped off against Rovers with a similar complaint. Jay McEveley is also available, and Kieron Freeman can play left-back - as he did against Paul Dickov’s side.

But Clough said: “We are hopeful that Terry will make it for Saturday.

“He struggles to play Saturday and then Tuesday with his knee, but this time he’s got a slight groin problem.

“And after we lost Bob on Tuesday to the same thing, we could do with Terry being out there on the pitch because we know what he can bring to the team.”

Jamie Murphy also missed the clash against Rovers with injury and Clough added: “Bob just felt his groin tighten a little bit taking a free-kick, but we missed Jamie out there.

“It’s his back but hopefully, the same as Terry, he’ll be okay.

“It’s always difficult to know immediately after a game.”

United travel over the Pennines to Oldham in confident mood after their two derby victories, and with Steven Davies off and running with a goal in each game.

Kyle Bennett scored two screamers for Rovers but Davies netted the winner with a fine curling finish of his own, after Jose Baxter (pen) and Matt Done had also netted.

“Six points from the two games is good,” the United boss continued.

“Physically, I thought the two derbies told at times and you could see Doncaster had been given rollocking as well after getting beaten by Bradford. They came out and gave it a really good go. The two goals they scored were special but so was one of ours as well.”