SHEFFIELD UNITED: Neill Collins set for return after mystery illness

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SHEFFIELD United defender Neill Collins could feature at Coventry City tonight despite being taken ill in mysterious circumstances during last weekend’s FA Cup triumph over Port Vale.

Collins was substituted after vomiting on the pitch moments before referee Kevin Wright signalled the start of the second-half but, speaking at yesterday’s pre-match press conference, United manager Danny Wilson said: “Neill has trained so that’s good and he was able to keep most of his food down 24 hours after the match too.

“We still don’t know exactly what he had got but it would seem as if it was some sort of virus. It seems to be going through his family.

“I’m not going to deny it was very worrying at the time because nobody knew quite what the problem was.

“But he’s clearly much better so that’s good news.”

Although Wilson’s room for manoeuvre in terms of selection are limited by Johnstone’s Paint Trophy rules, United are set to name a strong team at the Ricoh Arena as they attempt to reach the Northern Area semi-finals.

Midfielder Kevin McDonald is poised to return from suspension but Tony McMahon and Dave Kitson (both hamstring) are set to miss out.

“Kits has trained with the first team a bit but he won’t be available for this one,” Wilson said. “He’s probably operating at about 60 per cent and Tony still has a little bit of a niggle.

“We’ve got to keep a weather eye on Saturday’s (League One) game (at Carlisle) and we’ve got one or two other little knocks but nothing that is going to really keep anybody out.

“The nucleus of the squad is going to stay the same but there will be changes.”