Adams lifted as stars eye return

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SHEFFIELD United manager Micky Adams has revealed Stephen Jordan and Nyron Nosworthy are both making progress in the battles against injury.

With United 21st in the Championship table ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Leicester City, Adams is keen to increase the options at his disposal for the club’s remaining 19 games. Jordan, who has been absent since November, emerged unscathed from a behind-closed doors friendly with Leeds last week. Nosworthy, on loan from Sunderland, did not take part in that match but, Adams told The Star, is also poised to step-up his rehabilitation.

“Stephen has been training with us properly for a week now so that’s good to see,” he said. “He was involved against Leeds and as far as we can tell came through okay.

“Nyron has got damaged ankle ligaments and so he didn’t take part. But we’re hopeful that, in the next week or two, he should be given the all-clear to start running again.”

With the transfer window due to close tonight, Adams’ preparations for the visit of his former employers will be overshadowed by attempts to draft-in a new centre-half before the deadline.

Heart of Midlothian’s Ismael Bouzid is among those names linked with a move to Bramall Lane but United are known to be monitoring a host of other potential targets.

Adams, who expects midfielder Michael Doyle to make his début against Sven Goran Eriksson’s side, has also refused to rule-out the possibility of re-entering the loan market despite seven members of his senior squad already being on temporary deals.

“We know what we want and we are trying to do something about it,” said Adams. “Whether or not anything happens depends upon a lot of different factors. Some of which are out of our hands.”

Meanwhile, former Portugal, Sporting Lisbon and Real Betis goalkeeper Ricardo has been training with Leicester.