Blades seek loan striker
Blackwell weighing up options after Ward ruled out for six weeks
Last Updated: September 21, 2009 8:25pm
Ward: Out for six weeks
Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell is considering a move into the loan market for a striker after losing Jamie Ward to injury.
Ward is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks after suffering a torn hamstring in last Friday's 3-2 home win over local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Blackwell, who signed defender Andrew Davies on loan from Stoke City last week, is keen to increase the attacking options at his disposal.
Marlon King, Fabrice Pancrate and Danny Rose have all been linked with moves to Bramall Lane, but Blackwell is determined to ensure he signs a forward of the right quality.
"Whoever we bring in has to improve what we've got," said Blackwell in the Sheffield Star. "I don't want to simply improve our numbers.
"I want to give us an even greater edge. If it's possible then hopefully we'll be able to do something. If not, then I've got no qualms about sticking with what I've got."
Meanwhile, Blackwell admits it is a 'big blow' to be without Ward, who scored the opening goal against the Owls before being taken off just past the half-hour mark.
He added: "To lose Ward is a big blow because it means we probably won't have him for five or six weeks.
"Fortunately the international break will take up a couple of those, but he will still miss two or three weeks after that.
"He's on fire at the moment. He took his goal really well. He has goals in him and he's a real threat, so to lose him for six weeks is a blow."