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Boss on defensive options

12 March 2015

Blades boss Nigel Clough believes his squad has enough defensive cover to be able to manage without the suspended Chris Basham for the next two games.

The former Blackpool man, who has been impressive for much of the season at the heart of the Blades back four, will miss the forthcoming games at Scunthorpe and Walsall after picking up his 10th booking of the campaign in the defeat to Fleetwood Town last Saturday, but Clough says there is no need to panic.

On his options, the Gaffer remarked: "It is a blow to lose Chris and given his enforced absence the timing of the injury to Terry (Kennedy) is even more unfortunate, but we'll cope.

"We have John Brayford who could play alongside Jay McEveley at centre-back, whilst Craig Alcock, Kieron Freeman and Ben Davies provide cover at right-back, although Craig played in the centre for Peterborough at times last season.

"So we do have things to consider but at least we have options and people who can play different roles within those positions, thankfully Chris's two games will be out of the way in a short space of time, then we will welcome his back for three home matches on the spin at the end of the month and hopefully by then Terry will be close to a return too."

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