Monty set for Sheffield United return as Adams makes changes

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MICKY Adams, the Sheffield United manager, is contemplating changes for tonight’s visit of Nottingham Forest.

Despite insisting his team’s performance at Portsmouth merited more than a defeat, Adams hinted last night that the 11 which takes the field against Billy Davies’ side is unlikely to be the same as the one selected for Saturday’s outing at Fratton Park.

“I would thing there will be a few differences,” said Adams.

“It’s probably not going to be the same.

“I’d imagine that a few people might come into contention but I’m not going to say any more than that.”

Nick Montgomery, United’s longest-serving player, is expected to earn a recall after returning to training following injury while on-loan defender Shane Lowry is available again after suspension. Joe Mattock is another possibility.

“Monty got involved on Thursday and Friday with us,” added Adams.

“He also did some work on Saturday morning before the match down there.”

The full-back has not featured since damaging both a knee and ankle against his former club Leicester City shortly after completing a temporary move from West Bromwich Albion.

Adams said: “Like Monty, credit has got to go to Joe for getting himself ready sooner than we initially thought would be the case.

“I suppose he could have strung things out for a little bit longer but he hasn’t.

“He’s shown a determination and a good attitude.”

Adams worked at the City Ground earlier in his career and spent one match in caretaker charge following the departure of his mentor Dave Bassett.

“There are some good people there and they’ve got fantastic supporters,” he said.

Forest are set to welcome back Paul McKenna this evening with Davies admitting his captain’s absence proved costly against Hull City last weekend.

Matty Fryatt’s strike smashed their 36-match unbeaten run at home.

“We missed his leadership, his position play and his organisation,” Davies said.

“But he should be okay.”