Sheffield United: Clough ponders loans

MK Dons v Sheffield United   1.3.14'pic : Martyn Harrison'  Nigel Clough  - Sheffield United END OF MATCH CELE''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
MK Dons v Sheffield United 1.3.14'pic : Martyn Harrison' Nigel Clough - Sheffield United END OF MATCH CELE''� BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Nigel Clough has revealed he is still searching for reinforcements in the loan market after expressing concerns that a congested fixture schedule, which could force Sheffield United to play three times in seven days, threatens to hijack their season.

But Clough, whose attempts to sign a new centre-forward were rebutted last week, warned he will now wait until after this weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final against Charlton Athletic before showing his hand.

United return to League One action against Peterborough tomorrow having won seven straight matches following a 1-0 victory at MK Dons. Having already rearranged games with Brentford and Preston North End, their schedule is set to become even more demanding should Sunday’s contest end in a draw.

“We don’t want to end up in a situation whereby we are punished for success,” Clough, the United manager, said. “We’re aware of the situation and what the possible outcome could be if that (Charlton) match has to be replayed so it’s something we’ll be trying to guard against.

“A lot is going to depend on the cup so it’s unlikely that we’ll do anything until we see what happens there. We’ve got Harry (Maguire) on the verge of a suspension so, if we lose him for two, then we might look at a different position.”

Clough, who saw Stefan Scougall’s goal secure United’s first ever win at stadium:mk, confirmed he expressed an interest in an unnamed Championship player before travelling to Buckinghamshire but the player’s parent club didn’t want to let hom go anywhere.

With John Brayford (calf) and Jamie Murphy (groin) both sustaining injuries at stadium:mk, he added: “They’ll both undergo scans and the results of those could also have a bearing on things.”