Morgan refuses to rush Blades comeback

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LONG-serving centre-half Chris Morgan is refusing to put a timescale on his return from injury but says he has stepped up his rehabilitation work.

Twelve months ago, the rugged Sheffield United defender suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in the 1-0 defeat to Coventry City and has not played since.

Morgan, who has made over 270 appearances since moving to Bramall Lane from Barnsley in 2003, has told The Star he is back running again.

“I keep asking the medical team when I’m going to be back but they won’t give me a date,” he said.

“We have had dates before and the dates have come and I have not been ready.

“I’ve had little setbacks along the way so I’m just trying to keep on top of my fitness.

“I’m getting to certain stages and ticking them off. I have done that and there has been no reaction so things are progressing well.”

United’s player-coach, along with members of the League One club’s backroom staff, undertook a gruelling challenge in a bid to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity yesterday.

Morgan, aged 34, and his colleagues attempted to ‘grapple’ the height of Mount Everest (29,035 feet), in around six hours using a rope pulley machine and their target was to raise £3,000 for charity.

On The Star’s website, steelcityblue posted: “Credit where it is due. Good luck and well done Mr Morgan.”

Menjo4 added: “Thank you Chris Morgan for participating in a well worthwhile challenge and drawing attention to this very nasty form of cancer.”

Meanwhile the Blades have confirmed they paid £184,523 in agent fees in the period of October 1 2010 to September 30. The figure includes payments made by the club on behalf of players.