Sheffield United: Painful poser for McEveley

Jay McEveley is a major doubt for today's game with Yeovil Town � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Jay McEveley is a major doubt for today's game with Yeovil Town � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Jay McEveley is facing a race against time to declare himself available for tonight’s game against Yeovil Town, writes James Shield.

The Sheffield United defender has been undergoing intensive treatment since injuring a shoulder during Saturday’s victory over Bradford City with Nigel Clough, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, admitting he could be forced to miss the visit of Gary Johnson’s side.

“Jay is still very sore,” Clough told The Star. “We’ll see how he feels closer to the game itself.

“When you watch the video, his arm was bent into an unnatural position during a challenge with James Hanson. There was no blame attached and it looks like one of those things but initially we thought Jay had fallen awkwardly.”

Harrison McGahey, who Clough acknowledged “did very well” after replacing McEveley at the Coral Windows Stadium, is expected to partner Paddy McCarthy at centre-half if McEveley fails to receive the all-clear from United’s medical staff.

The 29-year-old’s progress could also impact upon whether Walsall receive permission to extend Andy Butler’s loan. Dean Smith, Clough’s counterpart at the Bescot Stadium, confirmed following their defeat by Crewe Alexandra that he has made representations to Bramall Lane’s hierarchy about renewing Butler’s agreement.

“Harrison did very well when he came on,” Clough said. “We know he’s a good player, that’s why we brought him here to begin with, and he’s an exciting talent.”

United, seventh in the League One table ahead of their fixture with 19th placed Town, are also preparing to welcome back Michael Higdon from suspension although Clough confirmed Marc McNulty, who scored against City, is also in contention for a starting role.

“Marc is still learning like Harrison,” Clough said. “Where he is impressive is that, when he gets through on goal, he never looks like missing with is a lovely attribute to have, especially for a young player at his career stage.”

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