Sheffield United: Blades boss Nigel Adkins seeks injury cutback

Nigel Adkins
Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins has unveiled plans to improve the robustness of his squad after revealing that centre-half David Edgar is scheduled to resume training tomorrow morning.

Edgar, on loan from Birmingham City, has missed United’s last six games after succumbing to injury at Port Vale.

David Edgar

David Edgar

But Adkins, speaking after Saturday’s visit to Crewe Alexandra, told The Star: “All being well, David will be looking to be back involved on Monday. Hopefully we can get a good week under his belt and then see how we go.

“He had a really bright start and then had to drop out, which has been the story of our season so far really.

“It’s been like that since the summer. It’s an issue we’ve had to deal with since he came here. It’s disappointing that David hasn’t been available because when he came here he started so well, didn’t he?”

Despite praising Harrison’s McGahey’s contribution in recent weeks and marking the youngster out as a potential star of the future, Adkins is understandably keen to see Edgar declare himself available for selection.

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United kept five clean sheet after signing the Canada international before their Capital One Cup tie against Morecambe but had recorded just one in his absence en route to Gresty Road.

Adkins, a qualified phsyiotherapist, has seen the first four months of his reign dogged by a series of fitness issues which trace back to United’s appearance in last season’s League One play-off semi-finals.

“Yes, there is definitely something we can do to improve it long term,” he said. “When players come back, we want them to stay back.

“We always talk about fitness and robustness. (Tottenham manager) Mauricio Pochettino was talking the other day about how fit the players were when he took over from us (at Southampton).”