Stefan Scougall is poised to make his comeback from injury, manager Nigel Clough has announced.
The Sheffield United midfielder is scheduled to take part in next week’s Professional Development League fixture against Sheffield Wednesday after resuming training following a knee problem.
Clough, confirming that Scougall will “not be risked” when his team host Rochdale on Saturday, said: “It’s been frustrating for Stefan because naturally all he wants to do is play but the most important thing, as it was with people like James Wallace, is that he gets absolutely right. There’s no point in him getting thrown in and breaking down again.”
“Stefan won’t feature this weekend but he should be involved in our next under-21 fixture on Wednesday,” Clough added. “Then we can see how he is and take things from there.”
Like Scougall, who has missed United’s last four games, Wallace has endured a faltering start to the new season after damaging his groin during a friendly at York City. However, together with Craig Alcock (thigh) and Bob Harris (ankle), the former Tranmere Rovers captain is expected to face newly promoted Rochdale.
“We’ve trained well this week and having a little bit of time-off, as it were, has enabled us to get some of the little niggles we were carrying cleared-up,” Clough said. “The lads have had a good rest and really got back into it this week.”