Sheffield United face an anxious wait before discovering whether their efforts to establish a consistent selection policy have been dealt a huge blow.
David Edgar and Jamal Campbell-Ryce are both expected to miss Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Oldham Athletic after sustaining hamstring injuries during last weekend’s meeting with Barnsley.
Manager Nigel Adkins, who has unveiled plans to improve the “durability” of United’s players, recently acknowledged that enforced changes to his starting eleven are a mitigating factor behind the League One club’s poor form of late.
Edgar and Campbell-Ryce are being assessed by medical staff at the Steelphalt Academy this week and Adkins said: “We should know more soon.”
Edgar only recently recovered from a similar complaint and United’s frustrations will be exasperated if it emerges Canada’s decision to select him for games against El Salvador and Honduras last month - a round trip of over 15,000 miles - only to deploy the defender for 19 minutes contributed to the problem.