Sheffield United: Blades face anxious wait over key midfielder

Stephen McGinn hopes to be fit for Swindon Town clash � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Stephen McGinn hopes to be fit for Swindon Town clash � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Sheffield United could today discover the extent of the injury which has placed Stephen McGinn, their influential midfielder, in jeopardy of missing Saturday’s League One encounter with Swindon Town.

The former Scotland under-21 international was substituted during the opening stages of last weekend’s FA Cup success at Cambridge United after reporting a pain “at the back” of his knee.

Admitting McGinn had been withdrawn as a precautionary measure, manager Nigel Clough said: “You don’t mess about or take risks unless you have to.

“Stephen wasn’t in huge pain or anything like that but he told us he’d felt something so we took him off. We felt that was the right course of action.”

United, above the relegation zone on goal difference despite stretching their unbeaten run in all competitions to four games, will be anxious not to lose McGinn for the visit of promotion-chasing Swindon following Clough’s admission that establishing a “settled side” features among his top priorities over the coming weeks

McGinn’s partnership with captain Michael Doyle has been a driving force behind that run and the 25-year-old was scheduled to undergo a series of routine exploratory tests after returning from the Abbey Stadium.

Meanwhile, United’s league meeting with Brentford on January 4 will be rearranged due to their involvement in the FA Cup. A new date is expected to be announced shortly.

*Twitter: @JamesShield1