Sheffield United: Forward faces fitness battle ahead of Tykes test

Marc McNulty injured his back against MK Dons in midweek � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Marc McNulty injured his back against MK Dons in midweek � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Ryan Flynn, the Sheffield United midfielder, is scheduled to undergo a late fitness test before tomorrow’s League One fixture with Barnsley, writes James Shield.

Manager Nigel Clough revealed the 26-year-old missed Tuesday’s visit to MK Dons after failing to recover from an Achilles injury sustained following the 2-0 victory over Yeovil Town earlier this month.

Although the problem is not thought to be serious - “We don’t want to take any risks” - Clough told The Star: “We’ll see how Ryan is and then take things from there because it’s not the type of thing you want to take any chances with. If you do that then there’s always the possibility of making things a whole lot worse.

“That’s why we’ve not considered him for the last couple (of games). It’s better to be safe than sorry in these situations but, fingers crossed, he won’t be out for too long.”

Flynn was signed Clough’s opposite number Danny Wilson during his 106 match reign at Bramall Lane, which ended during the closing stages of the 2012/13 campaign. However, the Scot produced his best form in United colours en route to the FA Cup semi-finals last term.

United, who reached the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup when they triumphed 2-1 at stadium:mk, also have doubts over the availability of Marc McNulty, Ben Davies and Jamie Murphy after Clough described their substitutions against Karl Robinson’s side as “enforced.” However Paddy McCarthy, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Jose Baxter could all return to the starting eleven.

United are sixth in the table after taking maximum points from their previous three outings while Barnsley make the short journey south ranked 15th.

“No matter what the competition is,” Clough said. “Our aim is still the same and that’s to win.

“We know the opposition is always going to be doing their utmost to stop that happening and that’s why you have to be ready to earn everything you get.”

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