SHEFFIELD United are having to nurse Richard Cresswell, their vastly experienced centre-forward, through the League One play-offs, manager Danny Wilson confirmed last night.
Cresswell started Friday’s semi-final first leg with Stevenage on the substitutes bench after collecting a catalogue of injuries in recent months.
Hinting he could return for this evening’s return at Bramall Lane, Wilson revealed that defender Andy Taylor had also volunteered for selection in Hertfordshire despite making only four appearances since recovering from a serious knee problem.
“We’ve got to prepare for two games,” Wilson said.
“Everyone wants to play. Cressy was desperate to play. Andy was desperate to play too. But we’re going to our place on the back of a tough game and if we can bring fresh bodies in what a bonus that is for us.”
Cresswell, who broke bones in both his nose and hand before damaging a shoulder ligament, made a brief cameo towards the end of a goalless draw which saw both United and Stevenage go close during a tense 90 minutes.
Wilson said: “We didn’t pick up any knocks. Ryan Flynn got a bit of cramp towards the end but he’d put an awful lot of work in.”