Sheffield United: Blades hopes could receive a boost

Leigh Griffiths is battling to face Sheffield United on Saturday
Leigh Griffiths is battling to face Sheffield United on Saturday
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Wolverhampton Wanderers, who host Sheffield United at Molineux this weekend, face an anxious wait to discover if Kevin Doyle and Leigh Griffiths will be available for selection against David Weir’s side.

Doyle, who earns around £40,000 per week in the Black Country, missed last Saturday’s game against Shrewsbury Town with a thigh strain while his strike-partner sustained an ankle injury during the second-half of the win at Greenhous Meadow.

Although Kenny Jackett, the Wolves manager, is optimistic about Griffiths’ prospects, he sounded a more cautious note when asked whether Doyle is likely to recover in time.

“With Leigh it’s just swelling on the ankle that we anticipate has gone down, whereas with Doyle, it’s a thigh strain that showed up a very small tear on the scan,” Jackett said. “It’s muscular which may be a bit more difficult.

“As soon as the swelling from Griffiths’ ankle goes down, he’ll be OK. There’s no damage to his ligaments.

“So we’ll see by the middle or the end of this week on Kevin. He’s not training yet but he’s got a chance of making Saturday’s game.”

Griffiths, who has scored four goals this term, was scheduled to resume non-contact work yesterday. Wolves will turn to Bjorn Sigurdarson, previously of Lillestrøm, if Doyle fails to respond to treatment.

Marlon King, who was the subject of an ill-fated approach by Jackett’s predecessor Dean Saunders earlier this year, should spearhead the visitors’ attack after making his debut during the defeat by Preston North End four days ago.

Jackett said: “I need to settle Bjorn down in one position. A run at centre-forward would really help him.

“He’s had a bright start to the season. If we can settle Bjorn down and get to know his strengths, he’ll cause defenders problems because he has a lot of pace and power.”