Sheffield United: Striker rated a doubt to face Crawley after shin complaint

n'Marc McNulty -  Sheffield United'� copyright : Blades Sports Photography
n'Marc McNulty - Sheffield United'� copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Goal hero Marc McNulty is a doubt for Sheffield United’s trip to Crawley this weekend after being taken off at half-time in the 2-1 win at Rochdale.

Blades boss Nigel Clough rated McNulty as a doubt to face Crawley, after the Scottish striker suffered a shin injury early on in the game at Spotland. McNulty scored the game’s opening goal before being replaced by Matty Done at half-time, with John Brayford’s fortuitous second proving decisive as United strengthened their grip on the League One promotion places.

United now trail second-placed MK Dons by ten points, with a game in hand, and Clough said: “Marc is going to be a doubt, we think at this stage at least, for the weekend.

“There’s a little cut there on his shin but, with the games we’ve got coming-up and with Matty on on the bench, there was no point in risking him.

“It was nice to give Matty a little rest and have him come off the bench.

“That should help him going forward because he’s been playing through a few things.

“And it also shows we have options there.”

Clough also welcomed back winger Ryan Flynn - who reverted back to midfield after a spell at right-back - and included teenagers George Willis (19), Louis Reed (17), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (17) and Che Adams (18) on the bench.

“It was nice to get Ryan out there and back from injury too,” Clough added.

“We know what a good player he is and that’s going to be important for us. Equally, it was a very young bench which was good to see.”