Matt Done is expected to be granted a leave of absence at Leyton Orient this weekend as Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, attempts to ensure he is fit for a potential play-off campaign, writes James Shield.
As The Star revealed last night, Done has been prescribed a course of pain killing injections after being troubled by a groin problem since joining United two months ago.
But having emerged as a driving force behind his new club’s push for Championship football, scoring seven goals in only 15 games, the 26-year-old is unlikely to be risked against opponents languishing at the other end of the League One table.
“Matt is having a few jabs to make sure he can get through and is okay,” Clough said. “So it might be that, even though we want to win, we leave him out of this one.
“We’ve got to try and balance the need to get a result now with trying to look, hopefully, further ahead as well. It’s not always easy but that’s what we’ll do.”
Clough’s team visits the Matchroom Stadium knowing that a point would be enough to guarantee a top six finish and participation in the end of season knockouts regardless of results elsewhere. Defender Bob Harris, who missed the draw with Bradford City, is expected to declare himself available for selection but Ryan Flynn and Terry Kennedy are facing a race against time to be fit.
“Bob’s not really trained but he feels good,” Clough added. “Terry and Ryan and struggling a little bit more.”