Sheffield United: All clear for Blades ahead of Bantams clash

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Sheffield United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s visit to Bradford City, writes James Shield.

Manager Nigel Clough confirmed he will have a near full-strength squad at his disposal for the League One encounter with Phil Parkinson’s side during yesterday’s media briefing at the Redtooth Academy.

“We haven’t got any fresh concerns,” Clough told The Star. “Not at this stage anyway so that’s good news because we know we can expect a very tough game.

“The good thing is that some of the lads who have been out, like Stefan Scougall, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Jose Baxter for example, are all coming back now and getting minutes under their belts. They’re not too far off (being at the best) now.”

Clough, who will be without Michael Higdon as the former NEC Nijmegen centre-forward completes a three match suspension, also expressed his “disappointment” at figures which show 17 Football League managers have already left their posts during the opening two months of the season.

Parkinson is the 11th longest-serving manager in the country despite being appointed three years ago and, echoing those sentiments, Clough’s counterpart said: “It’s a volatile industry. It’s not for everybody because it’s all-consuming.

“I’ve known a lot of coaches who have wanted to be a manager. They get the chance and say ‘never again’ unfortunately.”

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