Sheff Utd v Bristol City preview
Sheffield United entertain Bristol City with both sides desperate to win to re-ignite their play-off hopes.
Last Updated: 12/02/10 10:51am
Sheffield United entertain Bristol City at Bramall Lane on Saturday with both sides desperate to win to re-ignite their play-off hopes.
The Blades have not won in four Championship games - including three defeats - to slip out of the play-off zone to seventh in the table.
The Robins have also failed to win in their last four league games to slump to 13th in the table, six points of the play-off places.
Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell has a number of injury concerns to contend with ahead of the game.
Goalkeeper Mark Bunn is expected to be sidelined for around six weeks with a broken hand so Ian Bennett will continue in goal.
Defender Chris Morgan is not likely to return for a fortnight due to a rib injury, while fellow centre-half Marcel Seip (hamstring) is also out.
On-loan Arsenal youngster Kyle Bartley impressed in the 2-1 defeat to Preston on Tuesday and should keep his place.
However, defender Andrew Taylor is available after a hamstring injury and is set for at least a place on the substitutes' bench.
Midfielder James Harper continues to struggle with an ankle injury and is set to see a specialist to determine the extent of the injury.
Bristol City are plagued by injury and illness ahead of the trip to Bramall Lane.
Striker Nicky Maynard, winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce and midfielder Danny Haynes all remain in the treatment room after missing Tuesday's defeat at Watford.
Maynard has a dead leg, Campbell-Ryce is nursing a calf problem and Haynes is unwell.
Jamie McCallister sustained a calf injury at Vicarage Road and will not travel north, while City boss Gary Johnson has revealed that another unnamed player has come down with an illness.
Jamie McCombe and Brian Wilson remain long-term absentees so Johnson may be forced to scour the loan market ahead of the clash.
"We find ourselves a little short for Saturday," he told the club's official website.
"I'll have to ring around a few clubs and speak to the chairman to see if there's anything we can do to fix that."