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TEAM NEWS: Kenny McLean injury blow ahead of Sheffield United trip

PUBLISHED: 14:32 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 17 August 2018

Kenny McLean is ruled out for three weeks with ankle ligament damage Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Kenny McLean is ruled out for three weeks with ankle ligament damage Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Scottish international Kenny McLean is out until next month after suffering ankle ligament damage in the midweek League Cup win over Stevenage.

Daniel Farke delivered the injury bulletin at Colney on Friday afternoon ahead of the Championship trip to Sheffield United.

Ivo Pinto is also missing from the travelling party heading to Yorkshire with a stomach bug, along with Todd Cantwell, but Tom Trybull is fit and available after limping off in Tuesday’s 3-1 cup win over the League Two side.

McLean was on the end of a poor challenge as he shepherded the ball over the goalline in the second half in front of the Barclay but was able to finish the match.

“Some bad news with Kenny,” said Farke. “He has a ligament injury and he will be out until the end of the next international break, so at least I would say three weeks or something like this. It is especially bad luck as we have so many games in the next weeks.

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“It shows how tough he was because this hit early in the second half and was able to play the 90 minutes. Maybe this was part of the reason he missed two big chances.

“It was a pretty bad challenge. The ball was out of play and not even a yellow card. The same on Tom just before half-time. I got the feeling it was sometimes over the line in that match and you wish the referee will protect your players.

“I won’t complain about the way Stevenage played, they tried to bring a physical game, and you just want protection and the rules to be followed.

“Also some bad news with Ivo. He is ill with a bad stomach. He had a really, really bad night and can’t travel with us. We also have some problems with Todd Cantwell, the same issue, and he is not available for this weekend.”

Daniel Farke won on his previous visit to Sheffield United Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdDaniel Farke won on his previous visit to Sheffield United Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Marco Stiepermann took a bang on the knee in midweek but is fit for selection.

“A bit like Tom. He was not able to train for a day or two but no problem now,” said Farke. “Perhaps not 100pc and comfortable but you have to be tough. Tom thankfully was just a dead leg because we were a bit worried he had damaged the ligament.”

Emi Buendia has returned to the UK after the birth of his child in Spain.

“If I can be really honest he would have started against Stevenage,” said Farke. “He was back in today and had a short training session and from now on he is back with us and good chances to be involved pretty soon.

“He is totally on the right way. We don’t have to think about his football potential, it was more about his physical condition. When he is fit, he is 100pc able to create some special moments. Great for him he has this unbelievable situation with his family but he won’t travel with us this weekend because he was away for five days.”

Mario Vrancic and Matt Jarvis are longer term injury absentees, while the likes of Russell Martin and Nelson Oliveira will again not be part of the matchday squad as they look to secure moves away from the club ahead of the August 31 deadline.

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