Nigel Clough last night expressed sympathy for Michael Higdon’s predicament after admitting the former Motherwell and NEC Nijmegen centre-forward has been cursed with bad luck during his debut season at Bramall Lane.
And, with a hamstring injury forcing him to miss Sheffield United’s previous eight games, Clough told The Star that Higdon’s misfortune was a major factor behind the club’s decision to consider re-entering the transfer market despite signing five players during the winter window.
“Michael has been very unfortunate and, yes, he could well have given us that type of physical presence we’ve lacked at times up there,” Clough, the United manager, said. “He made a great start, scoring on his debut (against Bristol City) on the opening day of the season and then, for reasons not always under his own control, he’s been forced to sit matches out.
“It’s been very stop and start for Michael since he came in. Sometimes it’s been down to form but on others, just when he’s done well or scored a couple of goals, he’s picked up a little niggle which has prevented him from building on that and getting up a head of steam.
“Michael made a difference in the second-leg of our (Capital One Cup) semi-final (against Spurs) too,”
Higdon, who sat out Saturday’s draw Crawley Town, is again a doubt for tonight’s visit of Peterborough having only resumed full training yesterday.
“It was one of those problems where he was nearly there but not quite. That not uncommon with the type of injury Michael has,” Clough explained. “Often the last part of the healing process is the most tricky but it’s not one of those things you can rush.”