Sheffield United: Former Blades set for return

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Marcus Williams could be poised for a return to action when his former club Sheffield United visit Scunthorpe tomorrow, writes James Shield.

Williams has missed the hosts’ last three games after sustaining a back injury during their defeat by Barnsley but has now resumed training.

“He’ll be in contention as long as there’s no reaction,” David Kelly, Scunthorpe’s assistant manager, said.

“He should be okay and he’ll be welcomed back into the first team squad.”

Williams spent 16 months with United before returning to Scunthorpe, where he started his career, last season.

Kelly also boasts a spell at Bramall Lane on his CV, having represented the visitors both as a player and coach.

Mark Robins, the Scunthorpe manager, could be forced to choose between Williams and Conor Townsend following the latter’s arrival on loan from Hull City.

“Marcus has worked hard behind the scenes – players work extremely hard when they are injured, which people don’t realise,” Kelly said. “Sometimes it’s more difficult being injured than it is being fit because of the rehab and the things you have to do to come back quicker.”

Scunthorpe are without a win in five outings but Kelly said: “I’m not making any excuses at all, but I do think we’ve been a little bit unfortunate in that when we’ve made a mistake in games we’ve been punished.

“It’s something to look at, definitely, though.”

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