Sheffield United midfielder James Wallace has handed boss Nigel Clough a welcome fitness boost, after beginning his comeback from a thigh injury.
Wallace, a summer signing from Tranmere Rovers, has seen his fledgling United career hampered by a groin complaint, which has forced him to miss their four games so far this season.
But the former Tranmere captain played half an hour of United’s Professional Development League Two clash with Colchester United at the Redtooth Academy yesterday, and will be assessed this morning by United’s medical team.
“The plan was always to bring him on for the last half-an-hour when the game has slowed down, so we can ease him in,” Clough said.
“Then, we’ll have a look at how he is and take things from there. But we’ll be guided by the medical staff.”
Although Wallace joined in training with the United squad earlier this week, he was not fit enough to make the squad for Tuesday’s win at Peterborough.
Former Derby County centre-half Sam Berry, signed on a five-month contract, played 90 minutes as United’s U21s drew 0-0 with their visitors in front of the watching Clough.