Ankle setback for Monty
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery could be out for six weeks.
Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery could be out for six weeks after an operation on an ankle injury.
The surgery on the 24-year-old's ankle relates to a problem Montgomery first sustained against Liverpool in the Worthington Cup three-and-a-half years ago.
It has recently flared up again and The Blades dispatched the player for an operation on Wednesday afternoon.
He is now staring at six weeks on the sidelines and Neil Warnock expanded on the ankle complaint which has been bothering Montgomery.
"Nick has gone in for an operation on his ankle," the Blades boss told the club's official website. "It's been giving him some trouble and it just hasn't improved.
"It stems originally from when he was carried off at Anfield in the semi-final three years ago.
"He had an X-ray at the time which revealed a bit of flaky bone, but the problem calmed down and it didn't require surgery.
"However, it flared up again recently following a kick and, despite being able to rest during the international break, the surgeon decided to remove the bone and stop the problem permanently."
Since The Blades returned to The Premiership, Montgomery has made two appearances, coming on as a substitute at Tottenham and starting the defeat at Fulham.