Sheffield United: Blades receive good news on the O’Grady front

Chris O'Grady did not suffer serious damage to his calf against MK Dons in midweek � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Chris O'Grady did not suffer serious damage to his calf against MK Dons in midweek � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough has revealed Chris O’Grady’s calf injury is not as bad as first feared, writes James Shield.

The centre-forward, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, limped-off midway through the first-half of Tuesday’s League One encounter with MK Dons after aggravating a muscle problem sustained before his arrival at Bramall Lane.

But Clough, whose side host Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup this afternoon, told The Star: “Chris has had a scan and we’re hoping he should be okay for Fleetwood next weekend. We’re hoping anyway.

“If not, then it will be Walsall after that when he’s back.”

Clough, whose side reached the semi-finals of the competition last season, were paired with John Sheridan’s side after beating Crewe Alexandra in the first round proper.

“John will have plenty of incentive to win this one,” Clough said. “He’s ex-Sheffield Wednesday and I think they’ll be looking forward to the game.

“The big incentive for us is to go through and also without a replay. Of course, we’ll take one of those if we’re losing with five minutes to go but we want to go out there and get the job done.

“The only changes we’ll be making are enforced ones. It’s going to be a strong team out there.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1