Sheffield United: Matt on comeback trail

Flashback: Defender Matt Hill receives treatment after fracturing his jaw during FA Cup clash against Oxford United last month
Flashback: Defender Matt Hill receives treatment after fracturing his jaw during FA Cup clash against Oxford United last month
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MATT Hill, the Sheffield United defender, has revealed he “barely remembers” breaking his jaw while playing for Danny Wilson’s side earlier this year, writes James Shield.

But Hill, who sustained the serious facial injury during last month’s FA Cup tie at Oxford, has discovered a new found respect for the noble arts as a result.

“I’m definitely not going to be taking-up boxing anytime soon,” he joked. “I’m not cut out for it because I’ve clearly got a glass chin!

“To be honest, I remember taking the ‘whack’ but, the problem was, I didn’t really see it coming.

“I can remember the (physio) Teths (Paul Teather) coming over and saying I didn’t look too good.

“That’s why I went to the hospital for a scan in the ambulance at half-time and I can remember that.

“But walking around the side of the pitch and into the dressing room? I don’t remember a thing.

“That was all a blank which was a bit scary at the time but I’m okay now.

“And I perked-up when the scan confirmed everything was fine too. There’s nothing rattling around in my brain. Well, nothing more than is normal!”

Hill, aged 31, has emerged as an influential member of Wilson’s squad since arriving, initially on loan, from Blackpool nearly a year ago.

Indeed, speaking before Friday’s defeat Coventry City, the United manager admitted his absence is a major factor behind the South Yorkshire club’s chequered form of late.

Sixth in the League One table after conceding a late winner to Mark Robins’ side, they host Crawley Town tonight searching for their first League One win since Boxing Day.

Despite being prescribed a fortnight of complete rest following his accidental collision at The Kassam Stadium, Hill said: “We’re a team and we’ve all got the same goal. We all want the same thing for this club.

“I’m still around the place and a part of the group. The same as Collo (Neill Collins) when he was out.

It’s not nice not being involved on a match day because you want to be out there playing.

“But if I can’t there’s other ways I can help. Just by being around the lads and making sure they’ve got everything they want and are in a positive frame of mind.”

“I know how much I’ve appreciated that from other players when the roles have been reversed so I’m trying to do the same thing now,” Hill added. “It’s not just about the lads who are out there on the pitch at any given time. Like I say, we’re all part of the same group and we’re a team so we all work together.”

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