Sheffield United: Baxter in fitness battle

Jose Baxter is battling to be fit for Saturday's game with Port Vale � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Jose Baxter is battling to be fit for Saturday's game with Port Vale � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Jose Baxter is undergoing treatment in a battle to be declared fit for Saturday’s visit of Port Vale, writes James Shield.

The Sheffield United midfielder aggravated a muscle complaint during the first-half of last weekend’s defeat by Coventry City.

Chris Morgan, who took charge of the South Yorkshire club on a caretaker basis when David Weir was relieved of his duties before the match at Sixfields Stadium, confirmed: “We took Jose off because we didn’t want to make the problem any worse. That was something we were very aware of.

“He’d felt it, his calf, during the build-up but it was decided to give him a go. He was capable of doing that but then, when he started feeling it again during the match, the sensible thing was the replace him.

“There’s no point in doing more damage because, in those situations, you’ve got to think long-term as well as short.”

“Jose is a quality player,” Morgan said, “So we need to look after him in the right way for our sake and also for his rather than take any unnecessary risks.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1