SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades go for loan keeper after Mark Howard injury

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has confirmed he will look to sign a goalkeeper on loan after revealing Mark Howard faces a month on the sidelines with injury.

George Long, Howard’s teenage deputy, delivered an assured performance following the 26-year-old’s departure with a thigh problem during the opening stages of Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Leyton Orient.

But a lack of cover means Wilson, whose side are now third in the table, must consider his options ahead of this weekend’s League One fixture against Oldham Athletic.

Wilson told The Star: “We’ll have to try and bring another ‘keeper in, whether that be a first team player or cover depends upon what is available to us.

“But in my mind right now as we speak, it’s not about replacing George. It’s simply about getting another ‘keeper.”

Long, who has also represented England at under-18 level, reminded why he is highly-regarded behind the scenes at Bramall Lane by producing an excellent save to deny Kevin Lisbie following Nick Blackman’s immaculate finish.

“When George came on he looked relaxed and you could see the rest of the lads have got confidence in him,” Wilson added.

“They’ve all got total respect for each other here. Nobody doubts anyone else’s ability and that’s how you move forward.

“George has matured a lot in the short space of time we’ve been here but what he needs now more than anything is games. And the opportunity to make decisions in them.

“You can have people taking shots at you all day in