Sheffield United: No new injury concerns for Yeovil clash

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SHEFFIELD United have no fresh injury concerns ahead of today’s League One fixture against Yeovil Town, coach Chris Morgan last night confirmed, writes James Shield.

With Neill Collins and Matt Hill both sustaining serious facial injuries in recent weeks, confirmation that the remaining members of his squad received a clean bill of health following training yesterday represents a major boost to manager Danny Wilson’s hopes of pegging back leaders Tranmere Rovers.

Third placed United trail Ronnie Moore’s side by three points and Morgan said: “Everyone has come through okay. They’ve worked hard this week and there’s nothing new to report in terms of knocks.”

With Collins and Hill expected to be missing for around five and six weeks, new signing Danny Higginbotham could emerge as an increasingly influential figure over the coming games.

Reports that Lecsinel Jean-Francois is making progress in his battle to overcome a cartilage problem further eases the pressure on United’s depleted rearguard.

The Haiti full-back has been absent since October but could feature in Monday’s Professional Development League meeting with Leeds if he receives the all-clear from medical staff.

“Of course it’s a blow to lose Matty and Collo for a while,” Morgan added. “But there are players within the squad who will want and have been waiting for a chance so it’s up to them to fill the void if they are asked.”

Morgan, whose duties include managing United’s under-21 team, will undertake his UEFA Pro Licence this summer after an application to be included on the course’s latest intake was approved by administrators.

Meanwhile, United striker Diego De Girolamo hoped to win his third youth cap for Italy when they faced Iran in the Valentin Granatkin Memorial Cup yesterday.