Brave Montgomery ready to defy the pain to help Sheffield United’s survival battle

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NICK Montgomery is ready to defy doctors orders by declaring himself available for selection later this month in a bid to help Sheffield United’s survival battle.

The midfielder had been expected to miss the next four games after damaging his knee during the recent Championship fixture with Millwall. But despite that initial prognosis, Montgomery is hopeful he can return to action before Micky Adams’ side face his home-town club, Leeds, on March 19.

“It’s coming on well and hopefully I can return quicker than expected,” he said. “Hopefully I will be able to start running again soon and then it’s just a case of seeing how it reacts and if it causes any discomfort.”

Montgomery added: “I opened up my knee joint and stretched the ligaments. There are a lot of tendons and muscles at the back of the knee and I tore a few fibres so it was pretty sore.

“It’s settling down now after the inflammation and bleeding.”

Former United winger David Cotterill has admitted he would consider joining Portsmouth on a permanent basis after moving to Fratton Park on loan.

Meanwhile, Tony Currie and Alan Birchenall are the star attractions at a ‘Legends Reunited’ event in Sheffield tomorrow. The former United stars take to the stage at Firth Park WMC, Idsworth Road.

Admission is available on the door which opens at 7pm. Food and other entertainment will also be provided.