Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has insisted he will resist the temptation to plunge James Beattie straight into the first-team fold until the striker has proven his match fitness.
Wilson will check on the player, who had a slight calf strain, tomorrow before coming to a decision ahead of Saturday’s home game with Rochdale.
Beattie is said to be keen to get back in action and Blades fans, appetite whetted after their former goalscorer was brought back in, are eagerly anticipating his return. When that happens, it is likely to be initially amongst the substitutes, a role that appears to have been earmarked for him ahead of last Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Torquay United.
Wilson said: “There is no way we are going to rush things and he won’t be coming back until he’s ready. That’s the sensible approach to take.
“We did not want to take any chances last week and it was a precaution he was not involved.”
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu was on the comeback trail for the reserves at Port Vale last night. The Estonian international hasn’t played at all this season following surgery on a back problem in the summer.
Austrian international Johnny Ertl scored as the second-string drew 1-1 at Vale Park.
Both United’s Academy fixtures on Saturday against Leeds United, at Under 16 and Under 18 level, have been called off to allow the Blades’ youngsters maximum preparation time for their FA Youth Cup tie at Southampton on Monday.
The charity match involving a Blades Legends side and a Celebrity XI scheduled for Sunday has had to be called off.
It was to be staged at Sheffield FC but the pitch is waterlogged and with the forecast indicating further rain, organisers decided on an early decision over a postponement. Sheffield FC’s Evo-Stik game on Tuesday was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.