FORMER Sheffield United target John Fleck will miss tonight’s game against Danny Wilson’s side after being ruled-out for three weeks by injury.
Fleck, who joined Coventry City from Rangers earlier this summer, has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring after pulling-up during the first-half of Saturday’s draw with Yeovil Town.
Andy Thorn, the City manager, said: “It’s a real shame because John has already proved what he can offer us this season.”
Fleck’s absence is a major blow for City ahead of United’s visit to the Ricoh Arena.
The young Scot, who has been plagued by fitness problems since leaving Ibrox, underlined his quality at Huish Park with an eye-catching assist for Cody McDonald’s goal before being replaced by Gary McSheffrey.
Thorn, speaking after Richard Hinds’ equaliser saw Yeovil claim a draw, added: “It wasn’t a risk because he had fully recovered from his first injury. But I suppose lightning does strike twice in the same place.”
McSheffrey, one of the most experienced members of Thorn’s squad, is expected to retain his place in midfield with Richard Wood, previously of Sheffield Wednesday, anchoring a City defence which conceded 65 goals en route to relegation last season.
United opened the new League One campaign with a narrow victory over Shrewsbury Town at Bramall Lane through a David McAllister goal but know they must nullify the threat McDonald will pose to stand a chance of preserving their unbeaten record.
“This is a huge game for us because you’ve got two massive clubs going against each other in the third tier,” McDonald said.