Centre backs Ciaran Clark and Chris Basham are both on their way back after knocks, and the benefits of getting pitch time will have to assessed alongside the risk of aggravating their injuries. The participation of striker Oli McBurnie is also up in the air. McBurnie, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Chester in the 2014-15 season and experienced the cross-border derby when Kieran Morris' goal earned us a 1-0 win in March 2015, is carrying an ankle injury and as his replacement, promising forward Dan Jebbison, scored the winning goal last weekend against Hull, Heckingbottom might choose to extend his recovery period. McBurnie has 9 goals this season, a total bettered only by Iliman Ndiaye, who starred for Senegal in the World Cup and has racked up 10 goals alongside a Championship-leading 7 assists.
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Parkinson trusted him in the third round at Gateshead, and was rewarded with a goal and an assist. Elsewhere, injury problems are beginning to ease, although Jordan Davies, Jacob Mendy and Bryce Hosannah are still short of a return to the first team fray. While Parkinson has two decades of managerial experience under his belt and a reputation for cup exploits, United's Paul Heckingbottom is a comparative neophyte. However, he has already developed an impressive reputation within the game since taking the plunge into management in February 2016. At his first club, Barnsley, he won the Football League Trophy and was recognised as a forward-thinking modern coach.
-Paul Heckingbottom Heckingbottom has done a remarkable job considering the huge bite injuries have taken out of his squad. John Fleck broke his leg last August, and although the Scotland international returned in October, he was injured again and hasn’t been able to return to the first team. Meanwhile, Jack O’Connell hasn’t played for two years since he showed his quality in the Premier League, but Heckingbottom has publicly supported him through his rehabilitation. Rhian Brewster and Welsh international Rhys Norrington-Davies are both expected to be out until March with hamstring problems, while Enda Stevens and George Baldock might not be risked.
It’s afterwards it sinks in, when you see all your family there and they are as proud as punch. That’s when you realise. -Adam Davies HEAD TO HEAD Wrexham have faced The Blades 10 times, and the record is pretty even. Our most recent clashes came in the League Cup, as United eliminated us from the competition twice. In 2004 we clashed in the second round, and took a 6th minute lead through Craig Morgan.
Andy Gray equalised with a deflected strike, but Chris Llewelyn put Wrexham back in front as the first half came to an end, rounding off a thrilling break away goal. Phil Jagielka got The Blades back to parity with a spectacular header which jammed into the stanchion of the net, and Gray struck again to end any hopes of an upset. Seven years earlier we met in a two-legged first round tie. Karl Connolly's penalty earned Wrexham a 1-1 draw at The Racecourse after Vasilios Borbokis has given United the lead.
Also, Adam Davies is expected to line up in goal for The Blades, revisiting the venue where he made his international debut against Trinidad and Tobago. Davies told the Sheffield Star, “The Racecourse is obviously a special place for me. That was what I thought of when the draw came out, because it’s where I made my debut for Wales.
Dean Spink's early goal at Bramhall Lane gave Wrexham hope, but Brian Deane equalised swiftly. Wrexham resisted until the last quarter of an hur, when Dane WHitehouse put The Blades ahead, and Jan-Aage Fjortoft rounded off the scoring with a superb long range chip. We also faced United twice at The Racecourse in cup ties in the 1988-9 season, and the clashes ended memorably for Dixie McNeil's side. Dave Bassett's United were running away with the Third Division, and would follow up promotion at the end of the season by repeating the feat to cataplut themselves into the top tier. Meanwhile Wrexham were hoping to nudge into the play-offs, riding the wave of Kevin Russell's terrific finishing.