Sheffield United: Clough sympathises with striker

Sheffield United centre-forward Michael Higdon � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Sheffield United centre-forward Michael Higdon � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has expressed his sympathy for Michael Higdon after the former NEC Nijmegen centre-forward was ruled-out of tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, writes James Shield.

Higdon started his career with the Cheshire club but a hamstring injury, sustained following last month’s victory over MK Dons, means he will watch the first round contest from the stands.

The 31-year-old, who had only recently returned from a three match suspension, now faces the prospect of another frustrating spell on the sidelines and Clough said: “It’s very unfortunate for Michael and it’s disappointing for us too because he’d started to come into some really good form.

“It’s another set back for the lad and, especially with how well he’d done in his previous outings, you’ve got to feel for him. Michael had been working really hard in training to get right up to speed with his fitness and now he’ll have to do the same again.”

Higdon scored twice at stadium:mk to catapult United into the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup where they will face Southampton next month. Clough, who has refused to consider renewing Diego De Girolamo’s loan with York City until after Wednesday’s Johnstone’ Paint Trophy contest at Walsall, is investigating the possibility of drafting in attacking reinforcements after holding talks with Blackpool’s Steve Davies and another, as yet unidentified, target.

“We know Steve can score goals at this level,” he said. “But things have been complicated by the fact there’s been a change of manager there.

“He’s good player who we know having worked with him before at Derby. A good professional and a handful.”

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