SHEFFIELD UNITED: Quartet in fitness battle ahead of key Town clash

Pictured is new Blades loan signing from Manchester Utd John Cofie

Pictured is new Blades loan signing from Manchester Utd John Cofie

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, will give John Cofie, Ryan Flynn and Matt Hill every opportunity to prove their fitness for this afternoon’s League One curtain-raiser against Shrewsbury Town.

Together with Chris Porter, who is believed to have sustained a knock during last weekend’s Capital One Cup defeat by Burton Albion, the trio are doubts to face Graham Turner’s side. Wilson, who has yet to watch Cofie in competitive action since luring him to Bramall Lane, said: “We’ll take a look at these lads just before the game.

“We’ll see how they’ve responded to treatment.”

United yesterday heard Turner confirm that Town have travelled north intent on “having a real go” after securing automatic promotion from League Two four months ago.

Wilson would still like to increase the options at his disposal by drafting-in reinforcements at centre-half.

However United can not contemplate re-entering the transfer market until they trim the first-team squad’s wage bill or risk failing to comply with the new Salary Cost Management Protocol system.

Despite reports to the contrary, officials have received expressions of interest in the likes of Nick Montgomery, Richard Cresswell and Stephen Quinn but are remaining tight-lipped about the progress of those talks.

Wilson said: “Our two lads at centre-half are both fit at the moment but, if they weren’t, then there isn’t much there in terms of numbers.”

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