Sheffield United face an anxious wait to discover if Jamal Campbell-Ryce will miss the start of the League One season.
The winger suffered a hamstring injury during last night’s friendly at Macclesfield Town and is now rated as a major doubt for the visit to Gillingham in nine days time.
Nigel Adkins, the United manager, admitted it was “frustrating” to potentially lose Campbell-Ryce for the game against Justin Edinburgh’s side after confirming Matty Done is also set to be absent when his team begins its assault on promotion.
Done entered hospital yesterday for a series of tests on the collarbone he fractured representing the under-21’s as part of his rehabilitation following a long-standing ankle problem.
Adkins told The Star: “Jam’s being doing great, he’s a high-impact dynamic player and, speaking to him earlier, he was telling us how sharp he felt.
“Then, out of the blue, he went down feeling his hamstring.
“We don’t know how serious it is.”
Adkins, who revealed Ryan Flynn could resume training tomorrow after missing all of United’s warm-up fixtures so far, also said he is continuing his search for defensive reinforcements ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Hull City.
“Matty isn’t going to be ready for our first game, that’s for a certain,” Adkins added. “We don’t know how long he’s going to be out for yet, it’s a crack. But a broken bone is a broken bone and needs time to heal. We’ve just sent him in for the experts to make sure there’s nothing else going on, then we’ll get him right.”