Sheffield United: Form the only reason for Butler’s absence, says Clough

Sheffield United's Andy Butler

Sheffield United's Andy Butler

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Nigel Clough has again insisted that pre-season form is responsible for Andy Butler’s absence from Sheffield United’s first team squad.

The centre-half, who has made just one appearance since leaving Walsall earlier this summer, was pictured at the Banks’s Stadium at the weekend after being granted permission not to attend United’s visit to Coventry City.

But Clough, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with Peterborough, argued his failure to command a regular first team place should be attributed to a series of indifferent displays during United’s preparations for the new campaign rather than anything sinister.


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