NICK Montgomery, the Sheffield United midfielder, is not expected to miss his team’s festive programme despite being told to rest by Bramall Lane’s coaching staff.
Montgomery did not travel to Saturday’s League One fixture at Bournemouth with the rest of Danny Wilson’s squad after reportedly being diagnosed with a chest infection.
However, United’s manager revealed a combination of factors were behind the former Scotland under-21 international’s ommision.
Wilson said: “Nick didn’t feel too good and so it was best that he had a bit of a rest. He could probably do with one to be honest.
“He’s had a lot going on lately and because of that he’s not been training regularly.
“But everyone knows about Monty’s character and determination.
“You just can’t question him.”
Montgomery also missed last month’s win over Chesterfield as his wife and their twin daughters were in hospital receiving treatment for viral meningitis.
“They were all pretty poorly at the time,” he told United’s matchday programme recently. “But I am pleased to report that they are all at home and on the mend.”
The return of Johannes Ertl following serious injury has provided United with another valuable option in midfield as they look to close the two-point gap separating themselves and the automatic promotion places.
Crucially, the Austrain’s recovery also means Wilson can allow Montgomery time to ensure he is properly prepared for games rather than pitch him back into action prematurely.
Two own goals sealed United’s victory at the Seward Stadium.
And their performance left Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury predicted the Blades will be “there or thereabouts” after observing them at close quarters.
“United are well-organised and a threat going forward but they’re also very hard to break down,” Bradbury said.