Simonsen - No Henderson gamble
Steve Simonsen is confident Darius Henderson is ready to lead the Blades' battle against relegation.
Last Updated: 31/03/11 11:15am
Sheffield United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen is confident Darius Henderson is ready to lead the Blades' battle against relegation.
The striker returned from an 11-month lay-off against Watford earlier this month, but his comeback turned into a nightmare as he was dismissed inside the opening half hour as Micky Adams' men went down 3-0.
Henderson served his one-game ban against Leeds United and is now available for selection as the Bramall Lane club prepare for the testing trip to QPR on Monday evening.
The Blades remain four points from safety with just eight games of the season remaining but Simonsen believes the former Watford and Gillingham man can help fire them to safety.
He told The Sheffield Star: "Darius has trained flat out for the last three weeks so I don't think it would be a gamble playing him.
"He is not going to be match fit but the only way he can get that is out on the field.
"Darius has worked his socks off in training. He has been doing extra shooting sessions so he is raring to go. He looks sharp so that can only benefit us in the final eight matches.
"We have missed his power and strength and ability to score goals. It is great for us Darius is back now and hopefully he will stay fit and make a big difference."