Sheff Utd v Notts County preview

Date published: Friday 28th September 2012 2:05

Sheffield United skipper Michael Doyle and Ryan Flynn are both back in contention following suspension.

Midfielder Doyle is expected to return to the starting line-up in place of David McAllister, while winger Flynn may have to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench.

Both players have completed three-game bans following respective straight red cards received in the recent draw at Scunthorpe.

Defender Jean-Francois Lecsinel is closing in on his first appearance of the season following a long-term knee injury, but is not yet ready.

Manager Danny Wilson, who has no new injury or suspension problems, is likely to retain Dave Kitson up front alongside Nick Blackman, but Chris Porter and John Cofie are pushing for recalls.

The Blades have made an unbeaten start to their league campaign after eight matches.

Notts County are waiting to see if Alan Sheehan will recover from his hamstring injury in time for the game.

The left-back has missed the last three matches with the complaint, with Carl Regan filling in during the draws at Oldham and MK Dons and last weekend’s home win over Portsmouth.

Andre Boucaud will serve the final game of a three-match ban at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Fellow midfielder Jamal Campbell-Ryce is in contention to start in south Yorkshire after impressing from the bench against Pompey.

Lee Hughes and Enoch Showunmi are likely to be among the subs again, given the form of Yoann Arquin and Francois Zoko.

The strikers have scored three League One goals apiece so far this season.

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Sheff Utd v Notts County preview

Date published: Friday 23rd December 2011 5:47

Sheffield United will be without suspended midfielder Lee Williamson.

Williamson will serve an automatic one-game ban under the totting-up procedure and that could leave manager Danny Wilson short of options in midfield with Kevin McDonald and Nick Montgomery rated doubtful.

McDonald is struggling with a knee injury sustained last week in the win at Bournemouth while Montgomery has been laid low by a chest infection, although he returned to full training this week.

Johnny Ertl could provide Wilson with one midfield solution. The Austrian is almost back to full match fitness following a serious knee injury and stepped off the bench last week.

Striker James Beattie is still working to regain his match fitness after rejoining the Blades last month. The 33-year-old has been hindered by a calf injury and must wait for his second debut.

Notts County are monitoring injuries to Krystian Pearce and Gavin Mahon.

Defender Pearce had been playing despite a groin problem for a handful of weeks before finally succumbing and missing the visit of Leyton Orient last weekend.

Manager Martin Allen said: “Krystian will be rested, treated and tested at the end of the week.

“You never know with groins. We are hoping it is just tightness and he will not need an operation. If it is a hernia in his groin, it could be anything from five to eight weeks.”

A groin problem also saw Mahon forced off after just 17 minutes against Orient and the midfielder has been sent for a scan to determine the extent of the injury.

Meanwhile, striker Ben Burgess has been given indefinite leave by the club following the premature birth of his son.

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