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Sheffield United to pick up Simon Walton's wages

Simon Walton
Walton was injured during his first appearance for the Blades

Sheffield United have confirmed they will pay the wages of injured midfielder Simon Walton who is on a season-long loan from Plymouth Argyle.

The 22-year-old, who only moved to Bramall Lane last week, suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury during a friendly against Mansfield.

Blades boss Kevin Blackwell said: "It's a massive blow to the lad, missing a whole campaign.

"He is contracted to us for this season so we are responsible for his wages."

"Right now the important issue is to sort out details of his rehabilitation," he continued.

Although Walton will not play for United this term, the Yorkshire side have said they may consider renewing their interest after he recovers from injury.

Blackwell told the club website: "We have spoken to him although at the moment there is no consoling him, but he is young enough to come back from and and we won't dismiss him."

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