STEPHEN Jordan, the Sheffield United full-back, is unlikely to make his long-awaited return to action against Leicester City this evening.
The former Burnley defender has not played since November due to injury but despite making progress in his battle for fitness, manager Micky Adams said last night: “Stephen has been doing well.
“He’s been involved with training for over a week now but he’s only had one reserve team game and so I’d think Leicester is going to come a little bit too early for him.”
That means Adams is likely to keep faith with a back four which faced Coventry and Norwich.
Elian Parrino, who at 22 is the oldest outfield member of United’s rearguard, will be asked to stop Patrick van Aanholt’s rampaging runs for City should Sven Goran Eriksson select the young Dutchman. Kyle Bartley’s duel with Yakubu could also prove crucial.
City striker Paul Gallagher is expected to be passed fit after overcoming a knee problem but the Nigerian’s presence could persuade Eriksson to leave him on the bench.
“I offer something different,” said Gallagher, “So it depends what the manager wants to go for.
“But everyone is scoring goals which can only be good for the team.
“And, from a player’s point of view, it is also good to have competition.”
Eriksson has won nine, lost seven and drawn five of his 21 games at The Walkers Stadium.
Adams, who only arrived at Bramall Lane five matches ago, said: “I’ve met Sven at a few conferences and things like that.
“I don’t know him very well but he comes across exactly as he does on the television.
“He’s exceptionally polite.”
Meanwhile, Adams admitted he was not surprised by Andy Reid’s move from Sunderland to Blackpool.
United had investigated the possibility of re-signing the Republic of Ireland international after he impressed during a brief spell on loan at Bramall Lane.
Adams said: “I think Andy was always looking, if he could, to join a Premier League club.
“That’s exactly what he’s done.”