Casualties of the derby

Doubtful: Nick Montgomery was injured during the derby
Doubtful: Nick Montgomery was injured during the derby
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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson is contemplating changes against Scunthorpe tonight as the League One promotion hopefuls count the cost of defeat in Sunday’s Steel City derby.

Midfielders Nick Montgomery and Lee Williamson are both set to undergo fitness tests ahead of United’s meeting with Alan Knill’s side after sustaining injuries during the 1-0 reverse at Hillsborough.

With former Scotland Under-21 international Kevin McDonald already ruled out with a hamstring strain, Wilson revealed last night that a series of tactical adjustments are also being considered for Scunthorpe’s visit.

Acknowledging McDonald, who could be absent for several weeks, is a big “loss”, Wilson said: “We might have a look around for different combinations. There are good players who can come in and we’ve got enough to cope.

“We don’t know how long Macca will be out yet but we’re hoping its a case of weeks rather than anything longer. He’s got a strain rather than a tear but you still can’t afford to rush these things.”

Wilson added: “Monty took a blow to his calf quite early in the game and I definitely think that hampered him. Willo also took a knock and he ‘felt’ a nerve on the side of his leg.

“It’s painful when that happens and his entire leg went numb but fortunately he was able to overcome it.

“We’ll take a good look at them both.”

United, who remained second in the table despite being beaten by Sheffield Wednesday, will discuss Ched Evans’ future at the end of the season after the Wales international admitted he wants stay in South Yorkshire when his contract expires this summer.

Wilson, who confirmed midfielder David McAllister will return from a loan spell at Shrewsbury “with about a month of the campaign to go”, said: “Ched was responding to a question that was put to him.

“We’re not addressing the issue at this time. We’ll get the season out of the way first and then look at it.”