Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough will refuse to take risks with injury doubts Marc McNulty and Ryan Flynn when his team continue their preparations for the new season at Northampton Town tomorrow.
The Scottish duo missed last weekend’s Bass Charity Vase defeat by Burton Albion with back and hamstring complains respectively.
Although Clough expects both the return for the visit to Sixfield Stadium, he told The Star: “We’ll take a look before the game and see how they are. If they’re not quire right then it’s best that they’re not involved and the same goes for any player.
“We told all of the lads going into the match at Burton to be honest about how they felt. If they had any tight muscles or things like that because it’s often a problem when you come back for training. We’d much rather them miss a couple now than when the competition proper starts.”
Chris Wilder, Clough’s counterpart and a former United player, guided Town to League Two safety last season after taking charge alongside assistant Alan Knill.
Reflecting on his squad’s recent training camp in Scotland, where they drew 1-1 with Alloa, Wilder said: “It was a good work out for us and another worthwhile exercise. A lot of players got 90 minutes under their belt which was good and others got a good 70 or 75 minutes.
“The standard of the game was good and we had to work really hard to get a result. Alloa passed the ball round well and it was hard work for us.
“The players were a bit disappointed after the game that we hadn’t won which I was pleased about because we want to play well and win.
“We have to be a bit tidier with our passing and our decision making in certain areas needs to improve which it will do as we go through pre-season.”