CHED Evans, Shane Lowry and Elian Parrino are all doubts to face Middlesbrough today, Sheffield United manager Micky Adams has confirmed.
Lowry (thigh) and Parrino (foot) both missed the 3-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers earlier this week. Evans, who did feature at Loftus Road, is struggling with a knee problem.
“Ched has had it for a little bit now,” said Adams. “It’s nothing major, nothing serious, but it does need rest.
“Shane, like Elian, is receiving treatment and if he’s not ready for Boro then, barring anything unforeseen happening, I would expect him to be okay against Cardiff on Tuesday night.”
United, who are seven points adrift of safety with seven games left to play, face an improbable but not impossible task to drag themselves out of the Championship’s relegation zone.
Middlesbrough have also struggled this term and replaced manager Gordon Strachan with Tony Mowbray in October. They travelled south last night in 18th position.
“I was surprised to see Gordon have problems because I rate him as a very good manager,” said Adams. “Since Tony has come in they’ve picked up but I’m sure he’ll admit that, like ourselves, they have been too inconsistent.
“Nevertheless, Boro have got some good players and a good mix of youth and experience. It won’t be easy and it won’t be easy against Cardiff either.”
“But what we have got to focus on is ourselves,” added Adams. “We have to concentrate on what we want to do and the results we want to get before looking at anyone else.”
Earlier this week Dave Bassett, United’s football consultant, urged supporters to stick behind the team as they attempt to steer themselves clear of trouble.
Mowbray admitted: “Bramall Lane is always a tough place to go. The crowd generate a volatile atmosphere.
“It’s one of those grounds where you have to stand up and be counted. The crowd there demand that the team gets stuck in, which makes it a physical contact game.
“Obviously Sheffield United are scrapping for their lives.”