Jose Baxter is set to feature against Rotherham United tonight after making significant progress in his battle to overcome injury, writes James Shield.
Baxter, who has scored seven goals for Sheffield United this season, missed last weekend’s draw with Leyton Orient after twisting an ankle on the eve of the game.
But manager Nigel Clough confirmed has confirmed he expects the former Everton and Oldham Athletic forward to “play some part” against the visitors from New York Stadium.
“Jose has trained and he seems to be okay,” Clough said. “I’m sure he’ll be involved to some degree.
“The problem actually occurred during our final training session (before Orient). Jose came back on and was capable of completing the session but then the joint swelled-up afterwards so we didn’t want to take a risk.”
United, who face Hull City in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday, could make several alterations to the team which hosts Steve Evans’ side. Bob Harris could start at full-back after reporting no ill-effects following his second-half cameo against Orient while Matt Hill is also expected to take part.
Billy Paynter, United’s on-loan striker, will be assessed after sustaining a neck problem during the stalemate with second-placed Brentford seven days ago.
“He took a bit of a whack in that one,” Clough said. “It was pretty sore,”
Meanwhile, yesterday’s PDL fixture between United and Barnsley at the Redtooth Academy finished 1-1.