Sheffield United: Blades breathe sigh of relief over Baxter

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Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough last night confirmed Jose Baxter’s hamstring injury is not as serious as first feared, writes James Shield.

Baxter, the former Everton and Oldham Athletic midfielder, has been undergoing treatment since being diagnosed with the problem earlier this month.

Clough told The Star: “We’ll be working on Jose intensively. It’s more of a strain than anything else.

“We’re not going to out a timescale on things because there’s no point. Everybody heals at different speeds.

“It’s not ‘gone’ though. If it had we’d probably be looking at six to eight weeks but that’s not the case.”

Although Clough acknowledged Baxter, United’s joint-leading goalscorer this season, will miss today’s game at Swindon Town, he indicated both Jamal Campbell-Ryce (calf) and Jamie Murphy (dead leg) could be in contention.

“They’ve got a chance,” Clough said. “We’ll see how they feel beforehand and then take things from there.

“They’ve both been working hard behind the scenes to try and get ready.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1