Sheffield United: Blades wait on Danny

Danny Higginbotham in action at Crewe
Danny Higginbotham in action at Crewe

Sheffield United are sweating on the fitness of versatile defender Danny Higginbotham ahead of Saturday’s clash with Preston North End.

The left-sided player was taken off at half-time in the Blades midweek defeat at Crewe Alexandra, having sustained a hamstring knock. In the defensive reshuffle, manager Chris Morgan switched Callum McFadzean from left wing to left-back.

If Higginbotham is deemed not fit enough for selection, Matt Hill could return.

“Danny [Higginbotham] had a tweak in his hamstring, so we had a look at Callum [McFadzean] at left-back and we have to be able to adapt,” said Morgan. “In the play-offs everyone will have a part to play; we need a good blend of youth and experience, but most of all we need legs. Callum (McFadzean) was excellent both on the winger and at left-back, he showed great maturity again to be able to change positions.”

Tony McMahon missed the trip to Gresty Road due to a long-standing Achilles niggle but he could feature in United’s final League One match of the season.

Morgan said: “We have to go out there against Preston and put on a real performance. We still want to finish as high as possible.”