SHEFFIELD UNITED: United sweating on Richard Cresswell verdict

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RICHARD Cresswell will be given until the last possible moment to prove his fitness ahead of tomorrow’s crucial League One encounter with Stevenage, Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson has confirmed.

Cresswell missed United’s defeat at MK Dons after injuring his shoulder during the victory over Leyton Orient earlier this month.

The striker, who had taken to the pitch against Russell Slade’s side despite already nursing a broken nose and fractured hand, returned to training yesterday

Wilson said: “Cressy is nip and tuck but we’re hopeful. We’ll have to wait and see but we’ll know more nearer the time.”

Wilson added: “Cressy was nowhere near for our last match. He’d have had to wear a sling.”

With a hernia problem cutting short Will Hoskins’ loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, Chris Porter, James Beattie and Michael O’Halloran are all vying for a starting role in United’s attack for the meeting against Gary Smith’s side.

Wilson, whose team are second with two matches remaining, also suggested Danny Philliskirk could be handed a rare opportunity.

“I’ve got confidence in all my strikers,” Wilson said. “Always have had.

“We’ve got lots of options. Chris, James, Michael and Danny.”