SHEFFIELD UNITED: French tests hold key to Jean-Francois return

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SHEFFIELD United manager Danny Wilson has revealed Lecsinel Jean-Francois could enter the final phase of his rehabilitation from injury this week.

The defender, who has been absent since sustaining a serious ligament problem in March, travelled to France last month for further tests and was hopeful of being given the green light to resume training. Wilson said: “Lecsy has been back over there to have a few checks and hopefully then he’ll be able to start working properly again.

“But we won’t take any risks with him.

“Even if everything comes back okay he’s still going to be a few weeks away from being ready for selection.”

Jean-Francois, signed on free transfer soon after Wilson’s appointment, made 31 appearances for United before suffering the damage against Oldham Athletic.

Born in French Guyana, he qualifies for the Haiti national team through parentage and represented Paris St Germain B, Falkirk, Guingamp and Swindon Town before arriving at Bramall Lane.

Striker Chris Porter has missed United’s last five games and Wilson added: “We’ve got one or two of the senior lads back and that’s got to be good for everyone concerned.

“The more options we have the better.”

Meanwhile, representatives of the Tata Football Academy continue their tour of South Yorkshire at Hallam FC tomorrow night. (kick-off 7.30pm).

The youngsters, who are training at United’s Shirecliffe complex, are also scheduled to face Handsworth (September 15) and Staveley (September 22) before returning to India.

Both of those matches kick off at 11am.