SHEFFIELD United strikers Ched Evans and Richard Cresswell have returned to training ahead of tomorrow’s derby with Barnsley.
Confirmation that two of his key players could be declared available for selection represents a huge boost to manager Micky Adams’ hopes of securing the win required to stand a chance of keeping his side’s survival hopes alive.
Evans (knee) has not featured since the visit to Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers on April 4 while Cresswell, who has been nursing a groin problem, has spent six weeks on the sidelines.
“They’ve been working with us,” Adams said. “They’ve been joining in with the rest of the lads.”
Adams declined to elaborate on their chances of featuring against opponents looking to repeat December’s victory at Oakwell. But he indicated Daniel Bogdanovic is unlikely to face his former club after missing Easter Monday’s contest with Reading.
“Daniel had a sprained ankle for that one. So he’s been receiving treatment on that but he reported ill this morning,” Adams added last night.
Youngster Jordan Slew, an unused substitute against Barnsley four months ago, is poised to continue alongside Darius Henderson in attack after scoring two goals in his last three appearances.
Fellow teenager Harry Maguire, another member of the academy squad which has reached the FA Youth Cup final, is available again following suspension.
David McAllister, who celebrated his full debut with a well-taken finish during last weekend’s win over Bristol City, is also is also in contention for a starting role after recovering from a calf strain.
Meanwhile, United season- ticket-holders can purchase an extra seat for the Barnsley game for £3 as part of an offer designed to boost attendance.
Online sales have been suspended due to segregation issues but tickets can still be purchased either in person at Bramall Lane’s box office or by telephoning 08719951889.
Dave McCarthy, United’s head of operations, said: “Barnsley have sold out of their allocation and they come to the Lane in good voice so the more Blades fans in the stadium getting behind the lads the better.”