No risks with key trio as Riise misses out

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BJORN Helge Riise, the Sheffield United winger, has returned to Norway following treatment on the hamstring injury which has ruled him out of tomorrow’s visit to Watford.

But Riise, who also missed Tuesday’s victory over Nottingham Forest, is scheduled to report back for training ahead of next weekend’s Yorkshire derby with Leeds.

Alan Cork, United’s assistant manager, said: “Bjorn has gone back there but he should be with us again on Monday.

“He’s gone to see his wife. There’s nothing he can do at the moment other than rest.

“Bjorn went back to Fulham to have an injection in it and when you’ve had one of those you have to take it easy for 48 hours or so.”

Riise, who arrived on loan from Fulham last month, was not the only member of Micky Adams’ squad to miss training yesterday. Nick Montgomery, Ched Evans and Sam Vokes also sat out the morning session.

“Ched hurt himself about three weeks ago and he aggravated it again before Forest,” Cork said. “He went to see the specialist and was told to rest for three or four days.

“With Sam, because he’s not played much this year, it’s a case of just managing him properly and knowing when to let him take things easy.

“When you bring in anyone on loan at this stage, fitness is always going to be a bit of an issue because, if they’d been playing much then they wouldn’t have been coming out.

“All of them should be able to do some work before we go down to Watford, though. That’s the plan at the moment anyway.”

Like United, Watford are continuing to scour the transfer market for reinforcements with a central midfielder known to be Malky Mackay’s priority. Birmingham City’s Jordan Mutch is among those names under consideration.

Mackay said: “There is not anything at the moment; we are actively trying to do something but at the moment we are coming up against Premiership sides who are finding it difficult to let players out because of the amount of games they have and the number of injuries.

“We tried to do something recently and it looked as if it was going to be okay but then the team in question lost a couple of players with injury and then the block was put on it.”