Matt Done is undergoing a course of painkilling injections to ensure he is available for selection if Sheffield United reach the League One play-offs, The Star can reveal.
Done has scored seven goals in 15 outings since joining Nigel Clough’s side from Rochdale two months ago despite being hampered by a groin complaint.
Clough named Done, aged 26, on the bench for last weekend’s game against Bradford City which means United travel to Leyton Orient on Saturday needing just a point to qualify for the end of season knockouts.
But, despite conceding “there is still plenty of work to do” during today’s media briefing at the Redtooth Academy, the former England international is anxious to ensure Done does not aggravate the problem further.
Orient are 21st in the table following last night’s defeat by Rochdale and have slashed ticket prices for United’s visit by 50 per cent to try and attract a capacity crowd to the Matchroom Stadium. That result came only three days after they were beaten 6-1 at MK Dons and Nathan Clarke, the Orient captain, admitted: “As professionals, that shouldn’t happen. We not only let ourselves down but a good number of travelling fans as well.
“There is no time to be sat looking through videos of what we have down wrong and what we have done right.
“We will be desperate to prove ourselves to, fans, family and the manager. We need to be upbeat and positive.”