Sheffield United: Blades wait on Danny

Danny Higginbotham in action at Crewe
Danny Higginbotham in action at Crewe
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Sheffield United are sweating on the fitness of versatile defender Danny Higginbotham ahead of Saturday’s clash with Preston North End.

The left-sided player was taken off at half-time in the Blades midweek defeat at Crewe Alexandra, having sustained a hamstring knock. In the defensive reshuffle, manager Chris Morgan switched Callum McFadzean from left wing to left-back.

If Higginbotham is deemed not fit enough for selection, Matt Hill could return.

“Danny [Higginbotham] had a tweak in his hamstring, so we had a look at Callum [McFadzean] at left-back and we have to be able to adapt,” said Morgan. “In the play-offs everyone will have a part to play; we need a good blend of youth and experience, but most of all we need legs. Callum (McFadzean) was excellent both on the winger and at left-back, he showed great maturity again to be able to change positions.”

Tony McMahon missed the trip to Gresty Road due to a long-standing Achilles niggle but he could feature in United’s final League One match of the season.

Morgan said: “We have to go out there against Preston and put on a real performance. We still want to finish as high as possible.”