Sheffield United: Striker set to miss-out

Michael Higdon is on loan at Oldham Athletic � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Michael Higdon is on loan at Oldham Athletic � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Sheffield United have prohibited Michael Higdon from taking part in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at Bramall Lane.

The centre-forward joined visitors Oldham Athletic on loan earlier this season and started their first round replay over Mansfield Town.

But Nigel Adkins confirmed Higdon is not eligible for selection against his parent club after a clause was inserted into the agreement which saw him move to Boundary Park at the United manager’s behest.

“I don’t allow any of our lads who go out to then play against us,” Adkins told The Star. “That’s something I always insist upon.

“I don’t think it’s fair on anyone concerned. And, potentially, it could put the individual concerned in an impossible situation.”

Adkins’ stance over Higdon is in stark contrast to the one adopted by Leicester City when Dean Hammond joined United on a temporary basis two months ago. The midfielder is expected to sign a permanent contract with Adkins’ side when the transfer window reopens shortly.

Nigel Adkins says playing against his parent club would put Higdon in an impossible situation �2015 Sport Image all rights reserved

Nigel Adkins says playing against his parent club would put Higdon in an impossible situation �2015 Sport Image all rights reserved

“We were very pleased after getting that permission,” Adkins acknowledged. “Very pleased indeed. It’s good that he can be involved.”

Together with fellow striker Marc McNulty, whose loan at Portsmouth also expires next month, United’s coaching staff are set to decide Higdon’s future over the coming fortnight.

Michael Higdon is scheduled to return to Bramall Lane in January � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Michael Higdon is scheduled to return to Bramall Lane in January � copyright : Blades Sports Photography