SHEFFIELD UNITED: Christmas fears as Blades miss out on loans

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DANNY Wilson has expressed fears his squad could be vulnerable to injuries and suspensions over the Christmas period after new financial regulations thwarted Sheffield United’s efforts to enter the emergency loan market.

Last night’s deadline for new signings passed without incident at Bramall Lane despite Wilson acknowledging that “several” potential targets had been identified.

With Shaun Miller and Ryan Flynn both rated as doubts for tomorrow’s League One encounter at Brentford, Wilson said: “My concern isn’t now. It’s the period between December and January if we pick up some injuries.

“It’s not a case of being unable to identify players. It’s the finances that cause a problem.

“I’m not going to deny it’s very frustrating, but we deal with it and move on.”

The Star understands that United held talks with at least two would-be acquisitions, including former loanee Paul Gallagher, during the week leading up to yesterday’s 5pm cut-off point.

However, with Gallagher’s parent club, Leicester City, reportedly demanding a significant contribution towards his wages, officials at Bramall Lane feared they would breach their Salary Cost Management Protocol threshold which pegs such expenditure to 65 per cent of turnover.

Swindon Town were recently placed under a transfer embargo for exceeding this limit.

With Dave Kitson, Tony McMahon and Matt Hill all nursing hamstring complaints, second-placed United will give Miller and Flynn every opportunity to declare themselves fit to face Uwe Rosler’s side.

“Our approach, as always, will be dictated by the personnel we have available,” Wilson said. “But the one thing we can always guarantee is that the players will be giving absolutely everything.

“We’ll see how Ryan is. Macca, Matty and Shaun haven’t trained (since Crewe) either so we’ll wait and see how they are until the morning of the game itself and take it from there.”