James Wallace is poised to score a major victory in his battle for full fitness, Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has revealed.
A groin complaint has prevented the midfielder from making a competitive appearance for the League One club since arriving at Bramall Lane during the close season.
But Clough, confirming Wallace is on schedule to take part in tomorrow’s under-21 fixture against Colchester, said: “James joined in training with the rest of the lads this week and that’s still the plan. To get him involved in that game.
“What we’re looking to do is bring him on for the last half-an-hour when the game has slowed down so we can ease him in. Then, we’ll have a look at how he is and take things from there.”
Although Wallace, previously of Tranmere Rovers, will miss tonight’s visit to Peterborough, Clough added: “We’ll be guided by the medical staff.”
Clough, who must decide whether to persevere with wingers Jamie Murphy and Ryan Flynn after admitting they are struggling for form following Saturday’s defeat by Coventry City, indicated Stefan Scougall could be rested at London Road.
Peterborough are expected to be without on-loan Kenny McEvoy while defenders Jack Baldwin and Gaby Zakuani will also be absent due to injury.