Blades sweat on Brayford

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough hopes to have right back John Brayford available to boost his injury-hit squad, ahead of Saturday’s game against Wolves at Bramall Lane.

Brayford hasn’t played for United since scoring the second goal in their 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Charlton, which booked their date with Hull City at Wembley next month.

But the on-loan Cardiff City man has made good progress on his injured calf, and could return for the visit of Kenny Jackett’s automatic promotion chasing side.

That would hand United boss Clough a significant boost - especially after full-backs Bob Harris and Matt Hill both had to be substituted, within moments of each other, during Tuesday evening’s 0-0 draw at Preston North End.

“John would have played on Tuesday,” Clough said.

“That’s the type of lad he is, but thankfully it’s not his decision. But hopefully he could be back for the weekend. Matty felt a tight hamstring, so we’re hopful he won’t be out too long, either.”

Saturday’s game will mark United’s 125th anniversary.