Nigel Adkins has revealed Sheffield United’s injury woes appear to be easing with four members of his squad making significant progress in their battles for fitness, writes James Shield.
Ryan Flynn, Craig Alcock, Terry Kennedy and Harrison McGahey took part in a behind closed doors fixture at the Redtooth Academy yesterday after receiving the all-clear to resume training.
But Adkins, the United manager, insisted they must all complete tailor-made ‘pre-season’ programmes before being considered for selection.
“I was really pleased because we were able to play 11 versus 11 with the under-21’s and the likes of Flynn, Alcock, Kennedy and McGahey - who have been out for a long time - they have participated,” Adkins said. “All being well, they are over the injury situation, and we just need to build their fitness levels. It’s now like that first part of pre-season.
“The recovery is different for each one. It’s unrealistic to figure they will play at the weekend, for example. But it’s great that we have them out on the training ground. When you start pre-season, you normally look for a good six, seven weeks before you are up to speed.”
Adkins, whose side hosts Blackpool tomorrow hoping to record its fourth successive win in all competitions, is a qualified physiotherapist and he added: “It’s been beneficial that I had 10 years in that role. When we start talking terminology, I am aware of it, and I can draw on my experiences that I have had over my career.
“Our medical team are doing very well. They deserve a mention for that because we are all members of the same club. We are all striving for the same thing and have important roles to play.”