Lane boost as duo return to training

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KEVIN McDonald and Neill Collins are poised to resume full training, Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson confirmed last night.

McDonald, who has missed five games with a hamstring problem, could be declared available for selection when Tranmere Rovers visit Bramall Lane this weekend.

Collins, granted leave of absence due to what Wilson described as a “private and personal family matter” ahead of the recent defeat by Oldham Athletic, reported for duty at Shirecliffe yesterday

However, it remains unclear whether the former Leeds and Sunderland defender will feature against Colchester tonight.

“We’re hoping to re-integrate Kevin back into the group this week,” Wilson said.

“It’s always difficult to gauge the type of injury he’s had so, in terms of the weekend, it’s a case of watch this space.

“We’re not going to force him but the physios have done an absolutely terrific job.”

Wilson added: “Neill has come back to work now and we’re monitoring him too.”

United, who remained second in the League One table courtesy of Saturday’s victory at Brentford, emerged unscathed from their outing at Griffin Park.

“We’ve got no fresh concerns,” Wilson said. “That’s really good news. It’s nice to have some lads coming back at this stage of the season.”