Sheffield United: Brayford set for green light

John Brayford is ready to return from injury

John Brayford is ready to return from injury

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Nigel Adkins has refused to rule-out the possibility of naming John Brayford in his squad for Saturday’s visit to Barnsley.

But the Sheffield United manager, who this morning allowed Callum McFadzean to join Stevenage on loan, confirmed the defender would “definitely” declare himself available for selection following a six month absence through injury.

With Florent Cuvelier also making significant progress in his own fitness battle, Adkins said: “I know John will put himself forward. If he was carrying a knock, he’d still put himself forward because that’s the character he is but I’ve got to make sure that when he’s back, he’s back for good.”

“John got 90 minutes for the under-21’s the other day,” Adkins added. “Flo got 60 minutes so that’s good too although obviously John, despite having a bad injury, is closer. Is John going to be at the level I need for this one? You’ll have to wait and see when the team sheet goes in.”

McFadzean, the Scotland under-21 international, is scheduled to remain in Hertfordshire until January.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for Callum to get some games, that’s what he needs and we’ll be keeping a close eye on him,” Adkins said. “We’ve got 43 professionals on the first team budget here and, at this level, that’s too many. We’ve got to whittle that down to a much more manageable size.”