No injury concerns for Adkins

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Sheffield United expect no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s curtain-raiser at Gillingham, manager Nigel Adkins has revealed.

Adkins will take charge of his first competitive United game when his side travel to Gillingham this weekend. And although Jose Baxter was withdrawn during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Hull City, the Blades boss reckons his squad will have a clean bill of health before they make the long trip to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

“Jose got a bang on his knee so we took him off just in case,” Adkins said.

“We’ve had little niggles throughout the pre-season campaign but there’s a clear week to get ready for Gillingham now. It’s up to me to ensure we have enough players as possible to select from when we start playing for points.

“We’ve stepped up the game time for the players and played three times in a week, which will help us acclimatise to the demands of League One. It’s a long season and we’ll be very respectful of the division, and of our opposition. But we’ll also be going out there to win as many games as we can this season.”

Jamal Campbell-Ryce missed the Hull game with a hamstring injury, while Matt Done has broken his collarbone. John Brayford and Craig Alcock will also miss the start of the season, but James Wallace has featured in pre-season.