United sweat on fitness of stand-in skipper

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SHEFFIELD United hope Richard Cresswell will be fit to face Crystal Palace this afternoon despite receiving treatment on a knee problem.

Cresswell was handed the captain’s armband in Nick Montgomery’s absence against Reading on Tuesday, at Bramall Lane.

And he travelled with his teammates to the capital last night despite receiving an injection to try to ease the long-standing complaint.

“Cressy has had it put into the fat pad there, he should be okay,” said United manager Micky Adams.

Shane Lowry, who missed the 1-1 draw with Brian McDermott’s side, is another doubt, together with striker Ched Evans. Full-back Rob Kozluk is suspended but will be available for selection when United return to action at Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

Palace, who are two points and one place ahead of United in the Championship table, are expected to include new loan signing Kagisho Dikgacoi in their starting 11.

The South African international was a member of his country’s 2010 World Cup squad.

Despite their lowly position, Palace have not conceded a goal at home since November 9.

Meanwhile, Richard Batho, United’s supporters’ communications manager, has urged fans to attend a charity match between United Legends and a Radio Sheffield XI at Sheffield FC tomorrow (kick-off 2pm).

The game, which features Keith Edwards, Tony Agana, Carl Bradshaw and Bob Booker, is in aid of myoclonic epilepsy sufferer Karl Darby.

“United supporters regard themselves as one big family.” Batho said. “Karl and his family have had such a hard time of late but their support has never waned.”

Admission is £3 adults and £1 concessions.