SHEFFIELD UNITED: Race against time for Kevin McDonald

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KEVIN McDonald is set to undergo intensive treatment on his injured hamstring in an effort to be fit for the League One play-off final at Wembley later this month.

The Sheffield United midfielder failed to reappear for the second half of Monday’s victory over Stevenage which edged Danny Wilson’s side within 90 minutes of an immediate return to the Championship following relegation last term.

Revealing that McDonald had been a “doubt” to even start against Gary Smith’s side, Wilson said: “We gave Macca a test before the game and decided we could risk it.”

The United manager added: “In the event, though, we needed everyone to be 100 per cent fit.”

With McDonald earmarked for an influential role in the capital, Wilson and his assistant, Frank Barlow, will be desperate to select the former Scotland under-21 international for a match set to exert huge influence over the South Yorkshire club’s recruitment plans during the close season.

However, United’s midfield options have been bolstered by the return of Nick Montgomery who stepped into the breach following a seven-week absence when McDonald succumbed.