Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough faces an anxious wait this week to discover the full extent of Michael Higdon’s hamstring injury.
The former NEC Nijmegen striker was a surprise omission from the United squad for Saturday’s 1-0 derby defeat at home to Barnsley - especially after his brace against MK Dons in midweek sent Clough’s men into the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup.
But, in his post-match press conference, Clough confirmed that the 31-year-old frontman had picked up the hamstring complaint during training and admitted: “We missed a player like Michael out there and, in honesty, that game was tailor-made for him.
“Marc McNulty was disappointing as he normally comes on and has an impact straightaway, but he didn’t against Barnsley. Unfortunately hamstring injuries and the like are things you can never predict - he played only 20 minutes the other night, joined in in training in the week and it went in the last few minutes of the session.
“That’s the way it goes in football, and we’ll have to wait and see how long he’s out.”
Clough, who saw United Under-21s beat their Crewe counterparts 2-1 yesterday, is also without Ben Davies after the winger injured a foot against MK Dons.