Sheffield United will not appeal Chris Basham’s red card against Scunthorpe, manager Chris Wilder has confirmed.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning, Wilder revealed the decision was reached during a meeting of the League One club’s coaching staff.
Basham will begin his three match suspension when Bristol Rovers visit Bramall Lane tomorrow evening.
“We’re not going to take any action,” Wilder said. “Just through the experience of my colleagues and myself, we know it won’t get overturned so any appeal would be worthless.”
Although Wilder once again insisted Basham did “not deserve” to be sent-off for a second-half challenge on Neal Bishop, he added: “They (the authorities) have the ability to stick another game on. I’ve seen even more clear cut opportunities to appeal at other clubs turned down.”
Centre-halves Jake Wright and James Wilson both missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Glanford Park due to injury. But Wilder acknowledged both could return to action against Darrell Clarke’s side.
“Jake has an opportunity of playing, the same goes for James Wilson,” he said. “If they train properly, then great. We won’t take risks and we’ll make a considered decision. But we’ve got other good players and, whatever the situation is, we’ll just press on. You have to get on with things and move on quickly.”
Meanwhile, Cameron Stewart could discover within the next 48 hours if he will be offered a permanent contract at Bramall Lane. Stewart’s fellow trialist Reece Brown signed an agreement until January before last weekend’s contest.
Wilder, who will watch Stewart in action for United’s under-23’s later today, said: “We’ll be keeping an eye on that one, then we’ll sit down and talk about things after that.”