Team news: O'Halloran on Blades bench

O'Halloran on Blades bench


The 21-year-old, a deadline-day capture from Bolton until the end of the season, is expected to start on the bench against John Sheridan's Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners.

Manager Danny Wilson has no new injury or suspension worries and is unlikely to make any unforced changes to his line-up following the Blades' 5-2 win at Notts County last week.

Midfielder Kevin McDonald has trained since making his return to action at County following a hamstring injury and despite lasting just over an hour is expected to resume in a central role.

Strikers James Beattie and Will Hoskins may have to settle for a place on the bench again, with Richard Cresswell partnering leading goalscorer Ched Evans last time out.

The Blades are in third place, one point behind Sheffield Wednesday with a game in hand.

Jack Lester looks set to miss Chesterfield's trip to Bramall Lane.

The veteran striker limped off during the first half of Sunday's win over Swindon at Wembley with a groin injury.

Defender Neal Trotman, who was cup-tied at Wembley, returns to captain the side while Craig Westcarr, who came on for Lester and scored the late goal which sealed Chesterfield's 2-0 victory, could start in attack.

Loanees Liam Ridehalgh and Nicky Ajose also return to the squad after they too were ineligible to face the Robins.

Manager John Sheridan is likely to freshen up his side further following their Wembley heroics with fit-again Mark Randall (broken hand), Gregor Robertson (hamstring) and Jimmy Juan (ankle) also pushing for starts.

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