SHEFFIELD UNITED: Dave Kitson in fitness race for Blades

Intensive work: United hope  striker Dave Kitson will be ready to return for the visit of Stevenage on Saturday after his hamstring injury.
Intensive work: United hope striker Dave Kitson will be ready to return for the visit of Stevenage on Saturday after his hamstring injury.

MANAGER of the Month candidate Danny Wilson will be hoping for some happier fitness news over one key player as he ponders the loss of two others.

The Sheffield United manager, nominated for the League One managerial accolade for October, will hope that the intensive rehabilitation work with Dave Kitson makes the experienced striker available for Saturday’s stiff home task against Stevenage.

A hamstring injury just ahead of the Portsmouth game on October 29 sidelined Kitson. But he has been to the last two away matches, at Swindon and MK Dons, and done some fitness work on both occasions.

He is obviously moving closer to a return but Wilson may decide to put him on the bench rather than pitch him in from the start without having some sort of match action beforehand.

He certainly looks set to rule out full backs Tony McMahon and Matt Hill who were both injured last Saturday and the Blades boss is likely to reveal today the likely timescale on their absence.

It opens the way for Darryl Westlake to come in at right back with Marcus Williams at left back.

That will free up a place out wide with youngster David McAllister, who had several appearances in early season, in the frame.

In addition to Wilson’s strong bid for top manager, goalkeeper George Long has been nominated for the League One Player of the Month award.

The Blades youngsters went out of the FA Youth Cup 2-1 at Rochdale last night. They lost goalkeeper George Willis to injury and had Chris Salt sent off when conceding a penalty sub ‘keeper Gareth Owen saved. Connor Dimaio scored for United.