Sheffield United: Chris is bashed

Sheffield United midfielder Chris Basham � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United midfielder Chris Basham � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Chris Basham will undergo treatment for a troublesome ankle problem ahead of Saturday’s League One encounter at Swindon Town, writes James Shield.

Nigel Clough, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, revealed the midfielder has joined Jose Baxter, Jamie Murphy and Jamal Campbell-Ryce in the treatment room following the 3-2 victory over Colchester 48 hours ago.

Indicating Basham was nursing the complaint when he featured against Rochdale last weekend, Clough said: “With Bash having a bad ankle from the Friday, we thought it was best to leave him out if we could.

“Hopefully the lads we have out won’t be long. Jamal felt his calf a little bit in training and, fingers crossed, he’ll be back pretty soon.

“Jose also felt his hamstring a little in training. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

While United await Baxter’s full diagnosis, Clough admitted Ryan Flynn and Stefan Scougall, who both appeared as substitutes at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, had given him “food for thought” as he finalises preparations for the trip to the County Ground.

“Yes, a few of them have done that,” Clough said. “They’ve put themselves in the picture and given themselves a chance.

“Stefan came on and gave everyone a lift with his enthusiasm and running. He did what other people out there should have been doing all along to be fair.

“Stefan gives us that spark. He has a willingness to sprint at defenders with the ball and put them on the back foot.

“It was a risk even putting him on for the time we did but we were desperate to try and give ourselves a lifeline to get back into the game which, fortunately is exactly what we did.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1