Sheffield United hold fire on debut for new striker

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CHRIS Porter is unlikely to make his Sheffield United debut until this month’s friendly against Doncaster Rovers, the League One club have confirmed.

The former Derby County and Oldham Athletic striker, who arrived at Bramall Lane on a free transfer last week, has joined his new team mates at their training camp in Malta.

But assistant manager Frank Barlow downplayed suggestions Porter could be thrust into action against Hibernians tonight.

“Chris has a lot of work to do and he’s working very hard out here,” Barlow said. “I would’ve thought that it’s more likely he’ll be involved against Doncaster.

“You never know, but I would think that’s going to be the most sensible thing to do.”

A combination of Porter’s late arrival and the intense heat in Sliema, where United are based until their return home tomorrow, appears to have persuaded coaching staff that their latest acquisition would benefit from another week’s worth of preparation behind the scenes.

Richard Cresswell and Danny Philliskirk spearheaded United’s attack against Sliema Wanderers on Monday evening before handing responsibility to Daniel Bogdanovic and Jordan Slew.

However, Ryan Flynn did make his first appearance in a United jersey during the 3-1 victory at Ta’Qali.

The winger, signed from Falkirk, replaced Philliskirk at half-time.