Scougall set to return for Blades’ derby clash

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Scottish midfielder Stefan Scougall could return to the Sheffield United squad for Saturday’s derby clash with Barnsley, boss Nigel Clough has confirmed.

The 22-year-old played an hour for United’s U21s at Bristol City on Monday, scoring an early opener in a 4-0 win.

Terry Kennedy played 45 minutes, but was replaced at half-time with a groin complaint.

“It was a thoroughly deserved victory and a very good all round team performance,” said Blades coach Chris Morgan.

“Scoring two early goals set us up nicely, but we controlled the game for long periods and always looked liked adding to our tally. It is also nice to have kept a clean sheet.

“Tel Kennedy and Scougs got some important minutes under their belts, whilst it was nice to see Louis Reed and Callum McFadzean back from international duty.

“All in all it was a very good afternoon.”

Jay McEveley, who has missed United’s last three games after suffering a shoulder injury, is also back to full fitness and is expected to be included in the squad.

That will present Clough with an interesting selection dilemma; John Brayford has excelled alongside Chris Basham at centre-half, and regular right-back Kieron Freeman has hardly put a foot wrong either.

United ended their run of three successive home games with a 2-1 defeat to Crewe at the weekend, but Clough said: “If we win three or four games from now on, someone else has to win five or six to go past us because of our goal difference.

“We keep getting asked if the five-point cushion is enough, and we don’t know yet. We hope so, but the main thing is that it’s still in our hands.”