Sheffield United will hand late fitness tests to Ryan Flynn and Chris Basham ahead of tonight’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.
But Jay McEveley is expected to return at the heart of the League One club’s rearguard after missing last weekend’s visit to Preston North End to recover from a knee complaint.
Flynn (Achilles) was also absent at Deepdale while Basham sustained what manager Nigel Clough described as a “knock” during the meeting with Simon Grayson’s side.
Kieran Wallace and Che Adams, both ineligible for FA Cup selection, could feature after being named on the bench for the first-leg in north London. Kieron Wallace, who signed a two-and-a-half year contract with United five days ago, has been granted permission to take part by the competition’s governing body.
Clough, whose side must overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit, said: “The disappointment, apart from the result, was that we didn’t come out for the second half and gain belief from the first.
“We came out a little bit timid for 20 minutes or so. We wanted us to be a bit better in the second half and we weren’t.
“I don’t think Spurs did much different, it was us. We gave the ball away and we weren’t as attack-minded as we were in the first half.”
With the away goals rule only set to count AFTER extra-time has been played, Clough added: “We need a goal but we can’t concede. We’ve got to balance our approach out.”
Spurs required a late Andros Townsend penalty to beat Clough’s team seven days ago and the England international has again been named in Mauricio Pochettino’s provisional squad. Ben Davies, given a torrid time by United midfielder Jamal Campbell-Ryce during the opening instalment of their double-header, also travels together with Kyle Walker.
The full-back made 37 appearances for United after graduating from their Redtooth Academy in 2008.
Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm looks set to retain his place while Belgium midfielder Nacer Chadli returned to training earlier this week following a family bereavement.