Blades headlines: Friday's Sheffield United news

Blades' Jose Baxter and Billy Sharp

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Here's a daily round up of what's making the news on S2 today...

- Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has pointedly refused to offer Jose Baxter any guarantees about his involvement in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Oldham Athletic. FULL STORY HERE

- If familiarity really does breed contempt then Sheffield United are in a whole heap of trouble. Dominic Poleon, Mark Yeates, Connor Brown and, injury permitting, Jonathan Forte feature among a quintet of former players set to represent Oldham Athletic during tomorrow’s FA Cup second round tie. But an intoxicating cocktail of personal and professional reasons means it is Danny Philliskirk, the visitors’ gifted centre-forward, who poses arguably the greatest danger to Nigel Adkins’ side. MORE HERE

- After spending much of his media briefing discussing errant midfielders and off-the-pitch incidents, the opportunity to finally talk football must have seemed like manna from heaven for Nigel Adkins yesterday. Especially, he acknowledged, when it involved the FA Cup. A competition which, as a youngster growing-up in Birkenhead, holds many happy memories. FULL STORY HERE

- Sheffield United have prohibited Michael Higdon from taking part in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie at Bramall Lane. MORE HERE

- The odds on Sheffield United reaching May’s FA Cup final at Wembley are, according to those supposedly in the know, six times longer than aliens being discovered before the end of the year. READ JAMES SHIELD'S BLADES COLUMN HERE

- If there’s one good thing that’s happened to Sheffield United in the past month it’s the return of John Brayford. MATTHEW BELL'S FANS' COLUMN

- RETRO BLADES: 21 years ago this week...Luton Town 3 Sheffield United 6. READ ABOUT IT HERE

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