Sheffield United: Adkins quashes fears over midfielder

James Wallace trains with fellow Liverpudlians Jose Baxter, Michael Higdon and Jay McEveley � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
James Wallace trains with fellow Liverpudlians Jose Baxter, Michael Higdon and Jay McEveley � copyright : Blades Sports Photography

Nigel Adkins, the Sheffield United manager, last night dismissed fears that James Wallace is set for another long absence despite missing two games with a muscle problem, writes James Shield.

Wallace has not featured since captaining United during their Capital One Cup tie at Fulham 10 days ago after withdrawing from training with a calf injury.

But Adkins, a qualified physiotherapist, said: “You see this so often, players coming back from extended lay-offs and then getting something like this.

“It’s frustrating for James and also for us because he’s been working really hard to get back. We’ll keep building up his strength and his confidence in his body.”

Wallace was limited to only 13 appearances last season after suffering knee and groin issues. Adkins, revealing the midfielder had been set to feature against both Swindon Town and Hartlepool in midweek, added: “James was down to be involved at Swindon. He came off at Fulham but we thought he’d be okay but he had to pull-out of the warm-up on the Friday.

“We’re very conscious and very mindful of what usually happens when you see people coming back to fitness.”

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