Sheffield United: Tony gets top marks

Tony McMahon leaves Colchester's Sanchez Watt trailing in his wake � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Tony McMahon leaves Colchester's Sanchez Watt trailing in his wake � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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David Weir, the Sheffield United manager, has paid tribute to defender Tony McMahon following his return from injury, writes James Shield.

The former Middlesbrough full-back is expected to feature against Bradford City on Saturday after being passed fit following a series of niggling complaints.

Despite not playing a competitive match since April, McMahon completed the full 90 minutes of last weekend’s League One draw with Colchester and Weir said: “For Tony to get through the entire match was tremendous and gives you an insight into his character. I’m sure he was out on his feet towards the end but he saw the job through and that’s to be commended.”

McMahon, who required surgery to repair a damaged Achilles tendon earlier this year, twisted his ankle during a friendly at York City three weeks ago. A dead ball specialist, McMahon’s attacking prowess is likely to see him emerge as an integral part of Weir’s plans given United’s determination to play a fluid, passing game.

“He’s a good pro,” Weir said. “Very committed.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1