DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night hinted Ched Evans could travel with the rest of his teammates to Scunthorpe tomorrow.
But Wilson, who watched the Wales international start Tuesday’s Central League fixture with Burton Albion, refused to divulge whether he is being considered for a place on the bench or simply being eased back into the fold after a near five-month absence through injury.
Evans hit the headlines earlier this summer when he was charged with rape following an alleged incident at a Denbighshire hotel.
Understood to be the highest earning player on United’s books, the striker had been expected to depart Bramall Lane when the South Yorkshire club was relegated from the Championship in May.
“He’s closer than he was but we’ve got to remember how long he’s been unavailable,” Wilson said. “He might even travel but we’ll see.
“There’s been a lot going on and there’s still a lot that we can’t talk about and won’t be talking about either.
“I think it’s fair to say he’s done well in getting his head more focused on his football now.
“Separating the two things must be difficult.”
With midfielder Kevin McDonald returning to training only yesterday, Wilson confirmed the same squad which beat Bury 4-0 last weekend will be pressed into action at Glanford Park.
Nick Montgomery is continuing to undergo treatment after being carried from the field on a stretcher at Yeovil Town recently.
“It will be absolutely the same,” Wilson said.
“I’m delighted that no-one is going to be missing.
“Kevin has only just really come back and Monty hasn’t done anything yet so it’s far too early for him.”
Meanwhile, United’s junior season-ticket-holders can claim free entry for tonight’s rugby league showdown between Sheffield Eagles and Widnes Vikings at Bramall Lane.
Passes can be claimed either in person from the stadium’s box office before 5pm or by telephoning 08719 951889.
Other tickets are priced £14 adults, £10 concessions and £7 children.
Mark Aston, the Eagles head coach, said: “I’m pleased that Sheffield United have agreed that we can play at Bramall Lane.”