SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades sweat on scan verdicts for defence duo

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SHEFFIELD United are anxiously awaiting the outcome of scans on Tony McMahon and Matt Hill after both sustained hamstring injuries during last weekend’s League One match at MK Dons.

The defenders, who have helped Danny Wilson’s side climb to second in League One, were assessed by medical staff at the stadium before undergoing further tests yesterday.

Wilson, the United manager, rejected fears of a selection crisis ahead of Saturday’s visit of third-placed Stevenage.

He said: “It’s still too early to know the full extent of the damage but we should know more soon.”

Wilson has allowed Matty Harriott to join Alfreton on a month-long loan but the youngster has been refused permission to play for them in the FA Cup.

Meanwhile, Bobby Davison is understood to have applied to become head of coaching at United’s academy.

Davison, who played for the South Yorkshire club, has recently worked on a youth project in Spain. The 53-year-old spent 20 months with Hungarian giants Ferencvaros before departing in 2009.

Tony Walmsley and Jamie Hoyland recently arrived at Shirecliffe as part of United’s response to the Elite Player Performance Plan. Officials at Bramall Lane are expected to interview several candidates for the post, having advertised with various trade magazines and websites.

Interested parties must possess a UEFA ‘A’ Coaching Award and “relevant qualifications for the delivery of the EPP programme”, according to officials.