Yeates ready to shoulder burden for United

MARK Yeates could be fit for the trip to Coventry to ease Sheffield United’s crippling injury list, says manager Micky Adams.

The influential winger dislocated his shoulder in training on Friday and it was feared the problem would keep him on the sidelines for a lengthy spell.

But Adams, looking to bring in reinforcements before his team travel to the Midlands to face his old club on Saturday, told The Star: “Mark’s shoulder is still very sore so we are going to get him assessed by a specialist this week and see how it settles down. He has had the problem before so he knows his own body and how long it could keep him out. We have not ruled him out yet for Saturday.”

Although United are languishing in 21st place in the Championship table, one point above the relegation trapdoor, Dublin-born Yeates has notched five goals, including the opener at Burnley on New Year’s Day.

“Since I’ve been here, Mark has been a breath of fresh air,” Adams said. “He looks like he is on top of his game and, as one of our senior players, we could do with him in the current situation we are in.”

United drafted in Chelsea teenager Danny Philiskirk yesterday. The 19-year-old striker, the son of former United star Tony, will stay at Bramall Lane for an initial month and will be assessed by coach Mark Smith in the club’s development squad.

Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers are in talks with Sunderland over bringing in former United fans favourite Matt Kilgallon on loan for the rest of the season. The centre-back is also thought to be attracting the interest of Hull City.