No deal for Derby star Shaun Barker, says Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough

Nottingham Forest's Marcus Tudgay checks on Derby County's Shaun Barker as he goes down injured
Nottingham Forest's Marcus Tudgay checks on Derby County's Shaun Barker as he goes down injured
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Nigel Clough has denied media reports that Sheffield United are set to offer Shaun Barker the chance to resurrect his injury-ravaged career at Bramall Lane.

Clough allowed 32-year-old Derby defender Barker to play for United’s U21s in their clash with Nottingham Forest earlier this week, prompting speculation that he could earn a loan move to Bramall Lane.

Barker only recently returned to fitness following an almost-three year break, following a serious knee injury. He dislocated his right kneecap and damaged ligaments playing for Derby against Nottingham Forest in March 2012.

Clough said: “We’ve just agreed to give Shaun a few games.

“Derby have got lads who need to be playing, which is understandable given where their season is at.

“We’ve got a couple of lads out on loan and so we said we’d give Shaun to opportunity to get some minutes under his belt, be it for 45 or whatever.

“He did that on Monday and probably will do next week, too.

“But we’re not looking to bring him in, we’re just helping Shaun out and giving him some game time.”

Barker, Derby’s club captain, posted on his Twitter account: “Huge thanks to Nigel and United for helping with my rehabilitation.

“It came as no surprise to me that Nigel offered me the opportunity to get some extra game time.

“That sums him up as a man and a manager.”