SHEFFIELD United will consider terminating Richard Cresswell’s loan at York City if fellow centre-forward Dave Kitson’s injury is worse than first feared, writes James Shield.
Cresswell has scored twice since joining Nigel Worthington’s side 18 days ago. But a recall clause, which was inserted into the agreement which took to the 35-year-old to Bootham Crescent, could be triggered following United’s League One encounter with Swindon next weekend.
Danny Wilson, the United manager, warned last night that Kitson is a major doubt for this afternoon’s game against Walsall after damaging a hamstring during his team’s recent draw with Carlisle.
Chris Porter has been placed on stand-by to replace the former Reading marksman at the Bescot Stadium. Wilson, though, indicated that he could look to bolster his attacking options by ushering Cresswell back to Bramall Lane for United’s remaining four matches.
“We can bring Cressy back if we want to after the 16th of this month,” he said. “After that date he is under a 24 hour recall.
“He’s doing well there (at York) and we’ll wait and see what’s best.”
United, who climbed to fourth in the table following the Bank Holiday fixture with Greg Abbott’s charges, travel to the Midlands hoping to repeat October’s victory over their latest opponents.
Wilson refused to publicly criticise his players following the stalemate with Carlisle and admitted eighth placed Walsall would prove another awkward test.
“There is a dismissive train of thought with anyone that we play but we saw how year how difficult it can be,” he said. “Walsall are a good side, as good a footballing side as any in this league.
“But they’ve also lost games and conceded goals and we’ve been very good away from home.”
With Tony McMahon (suspension) definitely ruled-out, United will wait for the results of fitness tests involving Kitson and Matt Hill (double vision) before naming their starting eleven.
“They’ll be given until the morning of the game,” Wilson said. “We’ve prepared with them and without them.”