Sheffield United: Blades’ anxious wait for star ahead of top clash

Jamie Murphy gets treatment  before being substituted at Stevenage
Jamie Murphy gets treatment before being substituted at Stevenage
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SHEFFIELD United face an anxious wait to discover if Jamie Murphy will be declared fit for Saturday’s pivotal League One encounter with Brentford.

Murphy, United’s marquee signing of the January transfer window, limped-off only nine minutes into Saturday’s match at Stevenage after damaging a hamstring.

Speaking immediately after a Daniel Lopez hat-trick and Lucas Akins’ effort had condemned United to their heaviest league defeat of the season, Danny Wilson admitted it was “still far too early” for an accurate diagnosis.

But United’s manager told The Star: “We’re hoping Jamie will be available. We’ll have to wait and see.

“It’s impossible to know at this stage how serious the problem is. That will become clearer over time.

“We’ll take a good look at Jamie over the next few days and see exactly how he is.”

However Wilson, who described United’s performance at The Lamex Stadium as being “perhaps the poorest since I came here,” quashed fears the former Motherwell and Scotland under-21 winger had suffered a reoccurrence of the problem which recently forced him to miss two games, saying: “That was different. That was Jamie’s groin.”

Brentford, now second in the table, climbed above Wilson’s third-placed side when they secured a late victory over Preston North End.

With nine matches of United’s season remaining, the outcome of this weekend’s fixture at Bramall Lane could have a crucial bearing on the race for automatic promotion.

However, given that only six points separate the division’s leading seven teams, the race for the Championship is impossible to predict.

Stevenage entered the fixture having lost eight of their previous nine outings and Wilson said: “I’m not interested in other results. It’s only ours that I’m bothered about.”