Florent Cuvelier’s first-team prospects will be enhanced by a spell on loan at Burton Albion, writes James Shield.
That is the verdict of Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough who yesterday allowed the midfielder to join the League Two club until May.
“We know he’ll be looked after there,” Clough, who began his coaching career at Albion, said. “It’s ideal for him to get some game-time and get his fitness back.
“Flo did well for us when he came in and then levelled off a bit after getting an injury. It’s perfect for him as well because he lives 10 minutes away from there too.
“Obviously the football is the biggest thing but, even though it’s a minor consideration, if you can put the two things together then perfect.”
Albion, managed by former Chelsea and Netherlands centre-forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, are second in the table. Cuvelier made five appearances for United towards the end of last year after recovering from a serious knee injury before a muscular complaint stalled his progress.
Clough added: “We know Jimmy Floyd and (his assistant) David Oldfield well. It’s a good club with a good set-up so Flo is going to enjoy himself.
“He was chuffed when we told him that Burton were in for him. Going there and being involved on a regular basis will do him the power of good going forward because it was difficult to get him back in here after his little set-back.”
United resume their own bid for promotion against League One rivals Fleetwood Town today.
Defender Terry Kennedy is again set to miss out due to a knee problem but Steve Davies is expected to make his debut after arriving on loan from Blackpool.
United had feared that Kennedy, whose career has been blighted by fitness issues, was destined for another lengthy spell in the treatment room.
“We’re talking about end of the month with Terry,” Clough said. “We’ve done some scans and spoken to same guy who operated on it last time.
“We’re hoping a couple of weeks rest and a week to build it up again will do it.”