DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has insisted Jonathan Forte will emerge fitter and sharper following his unscheduled break, writes James Shield.
Forte, signed on loan from Southampton earlier this term, has made two substitute appearances since recovering from injury earlier this month.
Wilson considered handing the striker a starting role against Brentford last weekend before the League One fixture was postponed because of snow.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s visit to Tranmere Rovers, Wilson said: “Jonathan has been working hard in training and he’ll feel the benefits of that.
“He had a little while out and the minutes he gets under his belt both during games and during the week, the better it’s going to feel for him and us.
“Jonathan’s been putting the graft in and that will get him back to where he was.”
Forte, who started his career with United before joining Scunthorpe six years ago, played the entire second-half of their recent match at Stevenage following a cameo appearances against MK Dons a week earlier.
That shock defeat at the Lamex Stadium - Wilson’s side have lost just once in eight outings - saw them slide to sixth following the competition’s latest round of games.
However, United enjoy games in hand on all of those teams, including fifth-placed Rovers, above them in the table.
“It goes without saying that we want to get as much firepower in there as possible,” Wilson said. “We’re looking to get as much as we can and that’s obvious.
“We’re still in control of our own destiny so that’s why it would be foolish just to throw caution to the wind. But we want to score as many goals as possible.
“We’re always looking to improve. In all departments.
“That process never stops. It’s always on-going.”
Meanwhile, United have been allocated an additional 636 tickets for their re-arranged match at Crewe Alexandra on April 23.
Original tickets will still be valid for the game but supporters unable to make the new date can obtain a refund from the ticket office in advance of the match.
United have sold out their allocation for their contest with Rovers.