Sheffield United: Blades suffer fresh injury blow

Ryan Flynn could miss Sheffield United's final three league games � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Ryan Flynn could miss Sheffield United's final three league games � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Sheffield United hope Ryan Flynn will be available for selection should they qualify for the League One play-offs, writes James Shield.

Nigel Clough quashed fears the midfielder is set for a lengthy spell in the treatment room after damaging a hamstring against Yeovil Town in midweek. But the United manager, speaking at the Redtooth Academy yesterday, revealed Terry Kennedy and Steve Davies could both feature during this afternoon’s Yorkshire derby against Bradford City.

Clough, who predicted Flynn is set to miss “around two or three weeks”, cited a spate of unavoidable injuries as a factor behind United’s failure to secure automatic promotion.

“We haven’t put our first eleven out yet,” he said. “Twelve players have played over 40 games for (leaders) Bristol City this season.

“You can name their team and they have a settled side. Preston have too, and MK Dons to a certain degree.

“We have chopped and changed, a couple of times through choice, but the majority of times it isn’t.

“We would love a settled back four. It’s something we had at the end of last season but not been able to get this season.”

Fifth placed United are eight points clear of Rochdale in seventh with three fixtures of their campaign remaining.

Kennedy missed the visit to Huish Park with a groin problem while Davies was withdrawn with a foot complaint.

Clough said: “We’re hoping they’ll both be ready and available.”

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