SHEFFIELD UNITED: Race against time for defensive duo

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has admitted Tony McMahon and Matt Hill are facing a race against time to declare themselves fit for tomorrow’s League One encounter with Stevenage.

Wilson, who also confirmed Dave Kitson is “definitely” set to miss the visit of Gary Smith’s side, revealed a contingency plan has been devised should neither recover from the hamstring injuries they sustained at MK Dons.

“They are struggling,” Wilson acknowledged yesterday. “We’re definitely not banking on them but we’ve got 48 hours yet.

“We’re preparing to be without them and it’s a major blow because it’s no coincidence the number of clean sheets we’ve kept with them in the team.

“But we’ve got lads ready to step in and we’ll see how they are.”

United, second in the table having conceded only two goals in six games, had earlier indicated Kitson’s own hamstring complaint would heal in time for their meeting with third placed Stevenage.

With Wilson hinting the 32-year-old is also a doubt for Tuesday’s match against Crewe Alexandra - “That could be too early” - coaching staff will be hoping fellow striker Nick Blackman does not collect his fifth caution of the campaign during tomorrow’s fixture.

“Dave hasn’t had a setback as such,” Wilson said.

“It’s just that he’s not quite as far forward in terms of his recovery as we thought he might be.

“It’s not serious or a problem.

That’s just the way these things are at times.”