Stefan Scougall could return to action at Port Vale on Friday, Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has revealed.
The Scotland under-21 international was rested for the goalless draw against Tranmere Rovers earlier this week after suffering from fatigue.
But Clough, acknowledging United had missed Scougall’s “zip” from midfield during a dogged encounter in the North-West, said: “We’re hoping Stefan will be back for our next game. He, like a few of the other lads, should benefit from a bit of a break.
“They’ve put a lot in lately and so it’s understandable that they weren’t as sparkling as they have been in the past.”
Centre-half Harry Maguire is also expected to feature at Vale Park despite Clough’s admission that he had suffered “cramp in both legs” towards the end of United’s 21st outing in only 80 days. Stephen McGinn will be reassessed following illness whole Bob Harris (groin) is likely to be absent again.
“Stephen hasn’t been well and he didn’t look right first-half (at Tranmere),” Clough said. “Even the lads who came on at half-time, Michael Doyle and Jose Baxter, tired towards the end.
“But we’ll be putting our best team out. We did that at Tranmere and picked the players we thought, taking everything into consideration, were right because we want to finish as strongly as possible.”
United’s under-18’s host their counterparts from Sheffield Wednesday at the Redtooth Academy today. (Kick-off 1pm).