Sheffield United: Tranmere boss McMahon hails committed Koumas

Wigan Athletic pre-season training, Christopher Park.'Jason Koumas.
Wigan Athletic pre-season training, Christopher Park.'Jason Koumas.
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John McMahon, the Tranmere Rovers manager, has paid tribute to Jason Koumas after revealing the former Wales midfielder is ready to defy injury by featuring against Sheffield United today.

Koumas, who was diagnosed with a foot problem seven matches ago, is expected to be named in the Rovers squad for a match which could have a crucial bearing on the battle for League One survival.

Praising the 34-year-old’s “character” and “commitment,” McMahon said: “Jason is playing with pain in every game. He does not have to play with pain, he does not have to play with the injury.

“We have to manage Jason in every game and reassess him afterwards. I think it is going to be that way until the end of the season.

“He is showing commitment and passion, a lot of character and determination. He wants to help us get through this difficult season.

“Other players have picked up on it. They see one of their own determined to go through the pain barrier.”

Rovers, two places above the bottom four with three fixtures remaining, began the Bank Holiday weekend with a defeat at Gillingham after losing at Crawley Town earlier in the week.

Acknowledging that schedule has placed huge demands on his squad, McMahon said: “We have had a massive amount of travelling to do this week and we will look at how we build up to the games and the recovery sessions afterwards. A lot of planning is going into it and we hope we get it right.”