DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has insisted it would be a mistake to write-off Nick Montgomery’s chances of playing football again this season.
Montgomery joined Millwall on loan last month after failing to hold down a regular starting role at Bramall Lane but has seen a torn calf muscle wreck his hopes of impressing for Kenny Jackett’s side.
Although the Championship club can not cancel his temporary contract – meaning Montgomery is ineligible for selection until United’s final match of the season at Exeter City – Wilson said: “I’ve spoken with Monty and if you listen to him he’s ready and available for this weekend.
“Obviously that’s not the case but it tells you something about his character.
“I definitely wouldn’t rule him out or say that his season is over.”
United, who are second in the League One table with six matches remaining, entertain Bournemouth today before travelling to Rochdale on Tuesday evening.
Over 3,000 away supporters are set to descend upon Spotland for the contest with staff at Bramall Lane reporting nearly 4,300 tickets have also been sold for the forthcoming trip to MK Dons.
Wilson told the media at Shirecliffe this week that he expects to have a near full squad at his disposal for the visit of Paul Groves’ side.
Twelfth placed Bournemouth are without striker Matt Tubbs, Steven Purches, Charlie Sheringham and Charlie Daniels.
“Playing at a ground like Bramall Lane is not something that’s new to me,” Groves, the former Grimsby Town and Leicester City defender, said. “I’ve experienced it before as a player, coach and manager.
“It’s a game we can look forward to and want to play with a high quality and high intensity.
“We’ve had a good week to prepare for it and we can go there with confidence.”