Cresswell set to answer emergency return call

Danny Wilson could recall striker Richard Cresswell from his loan spell at York City to bolster Sheffield United’s promotion push.

The Blades manager allowed the veteran 35-year-old striker to return to his former club to help them in their battle to avoid dropping out of the Football League.

Two goals in three games for the Minstermen has seen them stay in touch at the bottom of League Two, but the Blades could bring Cresswell back to South Yorkshire after losing Dominic Poleon.

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The 19-year-old striker was recalled from his loan spell at Bramall Lane by Leeds United following the midweek exit of manager Neil Warnock.

United cannot recall Cresswell until his month’s loan expires on April 16, meaning he would miss York’s two final games of the season against Southend United and Dagenham.

He would then be free to play for the Blades in their push for automatic promotion to the Championship.

“We can’t recall him until the 16th of this month, then we have the option of a 24-hour recall,” said Wilson. “So he has another week, then we can bring him back.

“We brought Dominic in for a reason, to try and bulk the squad up and give us a bit of a fall-back, particularly off the bench at times.

“Unfortunately, we had to put him in the starting line-up earlier than what we wanted, but now we don’t have that luxury.

“It’s one out of the squad which is a disappointment,” added Wilson, who has seen top scorer Nick Blackman sold and injured Shaun Miller ruled out until the summer during a challenging season.

If striker Dave Kitson fails to recover from a tight hamstring, Chris Porter looks a likely replacement today at Walsall and Wilson has thrown down the gauntlet to his experienced forward.

‘There’s a big onus on players like Porter. He’s not played a lot of games this season for us, and with what he has got in his locker he should play more.

“I think there’s been a certain degree of negativity surrounding Chris for a little while, and it’s up to him to turn it on its head. To do that, you have got to have really committed performances.”