Sheffield United are unlikely to shelve plans to let Chris Porter, Stephen McGinn and Neill Coillins available for loan next month unless they suffer a debilitating series of injuries at Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
The trio, who manager Nigel Clough revealed earlier this month have been the subject of enquiries from fellow Football League clubs, were made available for temporary transfer before United’s recent visit to Port Vale.
Chris Basham’s sending-off during a controversial 2-1 defeat has placed further pressure on a defence already missing the likes of Ben Davies, Craig Alcock and Ryan Flynn while Paddy McCarthy is scheduled to rejoin Crystal Palace after his temporary agreement with the South Yorkshire club expired.
But Clough is confident that youngsters Harrison McGahey and Terry Kennedy can fill the void created by Basham’s absence, meaning Collins will not earn a reprieve unless United’s fitness problems become even more acute.
“Unless something else happens, which you can’t rule out, then I think we’ve got enough,” he said. “Harrison and Terry are good players.”
Alcock could return to action when United, last season’s FA Cup semi-finalists, visit Queens Park Rangers in the third round of the competition on Sunday. The former Peterborough full-back has been nursing as back complaint and, despite failing to make the team sheet, completed a vigorous warm-up before last week’s game at Vale Park.