Sheffield United wait on fitness of midfield ace

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SHEFFIELD United are sweating on the fitness of Kevin McDonald as they look to maintain their 100 per cent start at Tranmere Rovers this weekend.

The midfield playmaker was taken off after 52 minutes of United’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Walsall in midweek after suffering an ankle injury.

Manager Danny Wilson said he is unsure of the severity of the knock and confirmed McDonald would be assessed by the club’s medical staff over the coming days.

After impressing during a trial spell, McDonald was handed a one-year contract by the Bramall Lane outfit just hours before the showdown with Brentford. The Scot made an immediate impact on debut, orchestrating the midfield operation alongside Nick Montgomery.

It was Michael Doyle who came on as McDonald’s replacement while Lee Williamson’s introduction also helped swing the contest back dramatically in United’s favour. Doyle and Williamson are vying for selection should McDonald miss out at Prenton Park.

Wilson said: “We have seen the bench can change games which is what we always want to do. Lee (Williamson) and Michael (Doyle) were brilliant; they changed the tempo of the game and that was exactly what we needed.

“They were unlucky not to be in the starting line up but it has certainly given us food for thought now.”

Long-serving midfielder Montgomery also singled out the performances of Williamson and Doyle, saying: “Credit must also go to the substitutes that came on because they had a positive impact on the team and contributed to the team.”

Ryan Flynn and Chris Porter are set to be in contention to return to action at Tranmere, who have collected six points from their three matches, after sitting out the last two fixtures with hamstring and dead leg injuries respectively.

With less than a fortnight to go before the transfer window closes, Wilson has indicated he is still looking to strengthen his high flying squad, who are joint top of League One.