On-loan youngster set for spell on Lane sidelines

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JOE Mattock could be out of action for nearly two months after being stretchered-off against Leicester City in midweek.

The Sheffield United full-back damaged knee ligaments when he fell awkwardly during Tuesday’s meeting with Sven Goran Eriksson’s side. But manager Micky Adams revealed a further complication when he was asked about Mattock’s situation last night.

“Joe has actually got two injuries, he said. “He’s had a trauma on his knee which means his ligaments but he also severely bruised his ankle.

“He’s got a double whammy. What he’s done to his knee is more serious than he’s done to his ankle. The best case scenario, in terms of getting him back, is going to be about four weeks otherwise it might be six.”

Rob Kozluk, Matthew Lowton and Stephen Jordan, who has recently returned to full-training after missing United’s past 10 games, have been placed on stand-by for tomorrow’s visit to Ipswich Town while Mattock’s fellow loanee, Shane Lowry, is another possible option.

“We’ve got people who can go in there so there are choices,” added Adams. “Shane can also play at left-back if required.”

Adams confirmed three other members of his squad – Nick Montgomery, Ched Evans and Daniel Bogdanovic – are doubts for meeting with Paul Jewell’s side. Jean Calve and David McAllister are set to travel as cover.

“Monty has got a slight calf problem,” said Adams.

“Ched has been ill and Boggy was involved in a slight car accident on the way to training that ended up with him hurting his thigh.”

Ipswich midfielder Alan Quinn will not face his former club after undergoing a groin operation.

Quinn, whose younger brother Stephen is hoping for a recall to Adams’ starting 11, has not played this season.

“Alan Quinn has had another operation on his groin,” said Jewell.

“That means he will be out for another three or four weeks.

“But we have no new injuries. That usually happens when you are winning games. No on gets injured.”