Sheffield United: Duo earn praise

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has praised Danny Higginbotham and Matt Hill ahead of this weekend’s visit to Stevenage, writes James Shield.

Hill’s recovery from a serious facial injury, combined with his fellow defender’s presence following a free transfer from Stoke, has increased competition for places among a back four which has not been breached in six games.

That came to a head against MK Dons last weekend when Higginbotham, who had previously dislodged Hill from the starting eleven, declared himself available for selection after missing the victory over Oldham through illness.

Wilson, who opted not to change the rearguard which had kept a clean sheet at Boundary Park, said: “Danny and Matt are absolutely top drawer professionals who always conduct themselves in exactly the right manner. You can never have too many of those at your football club.

“It was tough to leave Danny out because he’s done ever so well since coming here,” Wilson added. “Equally, it was tough for Matt when he couldn’t get back in straight away because the same goes for him.

“But where I can’t praise these two lads enough is their attitude. They both want to play but they both also accept and understand the situation.

“They don’t cause a moment’s bother and they help everyone out behind the scenes whether they are involved or not.

“You can’t put a price on that. You really can’t.”

Meanwhile, Wilson has confirmed Diego De Girolamo’s knee injury will be examined by a specialist later this month.

The teenager was injured playing for Italy under-18’s against Austria.

“Diego will have scan on the 20th March to confirm what we feel about the problem. He isn’t going to play for a while, but we don’t know how long he will be out for at the moment and I am not prepared to speculate.

“It isn’t fair on the lad without knowing all the facts.”

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