Sheffield United: Strong line-up as Blades eye knockout riches

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SHEFFIELD United have vowed to name a near-full- strength squad for this afternoon’s FA Cup clash with Port Vale.

Although striker Dave Kitson is set to miss the second- round tie after failing to recover from a hamstring problem, Danny Wilson confirmed defender Tony McMahon could feature despite sustaining a knock during last weekend’s League One defeat at Brentford. Kevin McDonald, a former Scotland under-21 international, is a definite absentee after collecting his fifth caution of the season.

“We’re looking good team wise,” Wilson said.

“We’ll do a late test on Tony but we’ll have decent side out there, people shouldn’t worry about that. We might have to change one or two things but the nucleus will stay the same. We’re taking this very seriously.

“Potentially, there could be a very big prize at stake in the next round. But, before we even start to think about that, we’ve got to full focus on Port Vale first because they’re going to be a really tough test.”

Wilson added: “We don’t have another player like Kevin so the dynamic of the team might change. But whoever comes in will, I know, be capable of doing a sterling job.”

Today’s visitors to Bramall Lane, managed by Wilson’s predecessor Micky Adams, are expected to ask Tom Pope and Calvin Andrew to spearhead an attack which has scored seven goals in its last two outings.

United slipped to fourth in the table when they were beaten at Griffin Park seven days ago while Vale are second in League Two.

Kingsley James, who progressed through the ranks at United before joining Vale, said: “I’ll have lot of friends at the match, and most will be in the United end, but I’m sure they’ll be rooting for me too. It would be a dream to be involved because the cup is always a big competition.”