Sheffield United assistant manager, Stuart McCall, has confirmed that James McAtee is fully fit to face Rotherham United tomorrow.
The Manchester City loanee missed the weekend win over Burnley through injury. He received a hefty whack in the win at Bristol City and Paul Heckingbottom took the decision to rest the youngster.
However, McCall, who has stepped up into press-conference duties in place of Heckingbottom today, confirmed that McAtee is now 100% fine and ready to be considered for the Millers clash.
“Doyle’s still 50/50. McAtee is back in the squad, 100% fine, trained this morning. Clean bill of health from Saturday. Few bumps and bruises. Be all fine for tomorrow night,” McCall confirmed.
With just two games until the World Cup break, having McAtee will be a boost for United. It means Paul Heckingbottom can potentially rotate a few if needed.
The likes of John Fleck, Jack Robinson, and Enda Stevens have all hardly played this season but have featured in recent games. McAtee, then, could well come into contention tomorrow.
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It’s important for United to get through these last two games without anyone else getting injuries and having McAtee ready is good news.
He might well come into the XI as well. John Fleck isn’t 100% fit and Heckingbottom might well fancy McAtee in a home tie against a Rotherham side who will likely try and soak up pressure.
Of course, Heckingbottom will be hard pushed to drop anyone from Saturday. It was a performance that had everything, and all XI players played their part.
However, with so many injuries, games in quick succession, and minutes to manage, Hecky might well go with McAtee.
His loan spell hasn’t caught fire as yet. There’s been signs from the City youngster. And a home derby game might give him the perfect chance to really lay down a marker.