Warnock admits Tonge fears

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Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock is sweating over the fitness of influential midfielder Michael Tonge.

The 21-year-old was forced to come off midway through the first half of the club's penalty shoot-out defeat to fellow Championship side Watford in the third round of the Carling Cup at Bramall Lane.

Warnock revealed that Tonge would need a scan on his ankle after sustaining an injury to the joint in Tuesday's defeat to The Hornets.

Tonge is set to miss Friday's Championship clash at Crewe Alexandra, but the Blades boss is fearful his star player might be sidelined for a longer period.

"Everything that could go wrong went wrong," Warnock told the club's official website.

"Tongey has got to have a scan, but it doesn't look very good.

"There was no-one around him when he went down but he heard a crack.

"Unless he makes a remarkable recovery, he will miss Friday."

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