Sheffield United: Strike duo could be handed cup chance

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Strike duo Chris Porter and Shaun Miller could be handed an opportunity to impress Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough during Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Colchester.

Porter, who recently returned to Bramall Lane following a loan spell at Chesterfield, will receive a second chance to impress the new Blades boss, having worked under Clough at Derby County.

Miller, too, is set to line up against Joe Dunne’s men at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, as he continues his comeback from a knee ligament injury which kept him out of action for ten months.

Miller has made three cameo appearances from the bench, and recently scored two goals for United’s development side against Birmingham and the 26-year-old said: “I am feeling really good, and I am delighted to be back involved.

“I felt really good at the weekend, after playing a full game in the U21s cup tie last Monday, which helped me with my sharpness. It was also nice to get a couple of goals.

“My match fitness is progressing nicely and I feel better each week, so I feel I am very close to starting.

“I am ready to go when I get the nod - hopefully that will be at Colchester on Saturday.”

Febian Brandy, meanwhile, will serve a four-match ban after his red card in United’s 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town last weekend - a result which saw United slip back into the bottom four.

Brandy, sent on as a half-time substitute, was on the pitch 12 minutes before being sent off for raising his hands towards Connor Goldson.

The dismissal was Brandy’s second of the season, and the fourth of his Football League career.

Defender Neill Collins will be reassessed before the weekend, after being withdrawn at half time last weekend after sustaining a head injury.

If he fails to recover in time, Matt Hill could once again deputise at centre half alongside Harry Maguire, with either Simon Lappin or Aidy White slotting in at left-back.

United return to league action on November 16, at home to Gillingham at Bramall Lane.