SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades sweating on Cresswell verdict

Warrior spirit: Bramall Lane strike ace Richard Cresswell.
Warrior spirit: Bramall Lane strike ace Richard Cresswell.
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SHEFFIELD United were last night still waiting to confirm the exact nature and extent of Richard Cresswell’s shoulder problem.

Cresswell, who was recently described as one of the South Yorkshire club’s unsung heroes by manager Danny Wilson, injured himself after falling awkwardly during Saturday’s victory over Leyton Orient.

The former Stoke City centre-forward was assessed by United’s medical staff following the match before undergoing further examination when Wilson’s first-team squad reported back for duty at Shirecliffe yesterday.

“Cressy took a real knock,” Wilson, speaking immediately after the incident, said. “He was in a lot of pain as you could see and couldn’t carry on.

“That’s saying something considering the type of character he is.

“The doctors and the medical staff will have a look at him but sometimes you’ve got to wait for things to settle down.”

Substitute Marcus Williams,

who required treatment after accidentally colliding with an Orient player as he warmed up on the touchline, is understood to have trained as usual yesterday.

Wilson added: “We should know more about Cressy shortly. But he’s a tough lad.”

With Sheffield Wednesday being held to a draw at Colchester, United consolidated their hold on second place in the League One table by beating Orient 3-1.

Should Wilson’s charges win at MK Dons this weekend, they will be assured of joining Charlton Athletic in the Championship next term if Carlisle prevail at Sheffield Wednesday.

However, Wilson steadfastly refused to entertain that prospect when

asked to assess the state of play towards the top of arguably English football’s most unpredictable division.

“What happens elsewhere doesn’t concern us,” he said. “What does is our performances and our results.”

Wilson admitted before United’s encounter with Russell Slade’s side that he feared Cresswell “could slot me” whenever he was substituted

earlier this term. But the 34-year-old, starting despite already nursing a broken nose and hand, was forced to withdraw midway through the opening period of a potentially pivotal contest in the battle for automatic promotion from League One.

Kevin Lisbie edged Orient in front early on before goals from Lee Williamson, captain Michael Doyle and Ched Evans enabled United to move four points clear of their rivals from Hillsborough with only three matches remaining.

Wilson’s squad entertain Stevenage in an evening fixture on April 28 following their visit to Buckinghamshire before visiting Exeter next month.

DID YOU KNOW? Richard Cresswell, who hails from Bridlington, has represented professional clubs from South, West and North Yorkshire but never one from the East of the county where he was born.