Sidelined Morgan still has his say in Blades drop battle

Sorely missed: United skipper Chris Morgan.
Sorely missed: United skipper Chris Morgan.

THE most frustrated player in Sheffield United’s dressing room tonight won’t even touch a ball - although, mentally, he might kick every one out there on the pitch!

Chris Morgan continues his long, hard road back from cruciate knee liagment surgery and, whilst he’s months from being back in the action, he just loves any sort of involvement ... any little thing that might just help his colleagues in their relegation fight in this difficult season.

“Micky (Adams) has involved me as much as he can,” says United’s sidelined central defender.

“I’ve been sitting in on team meetings and he says that if there’s anything I want to say or bring up then to do so.

“He encourages any input - have a listen and if there is anything then chip up.

“I want to do as much as I can. I’ll be in the dressing room of a Saturday afternoon or a Tuesday night and if I can help the lads in any way, shape or form then I will do.

“It’s harder during the normal midweek routine because I’ve got my own rehab work to do and I’m in separate areas from them anyway.”

He admits it is hard watching the team in action, something he’s now into his sixth month of doing after suffering the knee injury against Coventry at the end of October although, incredibly, he played with it throughout the second half.

“Of course, I wish I was out there but I’m not and it’s very frustrating because I hate watching,” he says.

“We’re at the stage where we need to win games now and I think we have to start by winning these next two.

“Cardiff are going well and are right up there and need the points for a different reason but so did Forest and so did Leeds and the lads showed they were capable on those occasions.

“I think it’s important that we are still in there come the last game of the season because you’ve seen how things go on the final day; there are twists and turns all over the place and positions change. We just have to make sure we give ourselves that chance.”

The identity of the opposition for Sheffield United in their first ever FA Youth Cup Final is still in the balance.

In the other semi-final, holders Chelsea edged the first leg 3-2 against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The second leg is at Old Trafford on April 20.