Sheff Utd v Shrewsbury preview
Sheffield United’s summer signings John Cofie, Ryan Flynn, Matt
Hill and Chris Porter will all have late fitness tests ahead of the
Teenage striker Cofie, a season-long loan signing from
Manchester United, is one of several new Blades players hoping to
make their league debuts.
“We’ve got a few lads who will be assessed before the game on
Saturday,” manager Danny Wilson told the club’s official
“They include Matt Hill, John Cofie, Ryan Flynn and Chris
Porter. They’ve got slight niggles and at the moment we don’t know
how they will respond to treatment before the weekend.”
Wilson has no other injury or suspension worries, while
close-season arrivals Mark Howard, Darryl Westlake, Tony McMahon,
Shaun Miller and Nick Blackman, who scored in the Capital One Cup
defeat to Burton last weekend, could all make their first league
appearances for the Blades.
Shrewsbury look set to have a full-strength squad available
after Darren Jones returned to training.
The defender missed last Saturday’s 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat
at Leeds with a calf problem but was back with his team-mates this
week and has declared himself fit for the Bramall Lane clash.
Fellow defender Jermaine Grandison sat out of training at the
start of this week having turned his ankle at Elland Road but he is
also expected to be okay.
That means manager Graham Turner is likely to have a fully-fit
squad to select from as Shrews look to start life in League One
with a positive result against the Blades, who will be desperate to
go one better than their agonising play-off final defeat in
Strikers Tom Bradshaw and Ryan Doble were both unused
substitutes for Wales’ Under-21 side in their 1-0 home defeat to
Armenia on Wednesday night.