Sheffield United: Update from the manager’s media briefing

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Nigel Clough has distanced himself from claims that Sheffield United will field a weakened team against Chesterfield by confirming every fit member of his squad will be deployed for the final match of the League One season.

But, speaking ahead of Sunday’s match at Bramall Lane, the United manager acknowledged several high-profile names are set to be excused as preparations for next week’s play-off semi-final first-leg begin in earnest.

“We won’t be taking risks with anyone,” Clough told this afternoon’s media conference at the Redtooth Academy said. “There are a few lads with knocks and so they won’t be involved.

“But we also want to keep some continuity. That means everyone who is available is almost definitely going to be used.”

Terry Kennedy, Ryan Flynn, Jay McEveley, Matt Done, James Wallace and Michael Higdon are among those receiving treatment as United, in fifth, contest the 46th and final match of their league campaign. Steven Davies, on-loan from Blackpool, has also been hampered by a foot problem of late.

Like United, Chesterfield are assured of a top six finish and captain Gary Roberts said: “We can go above them, so there is stuff to play for. We’ll go there to win the game.

“There’ll be three or four thousand fans, you’ve got to go there and perform otherwise they won’t be happy with you. Our manager won’t be happy either. We might meet them in the final you never know. So we go there looking to put a marker down.”

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