‘Fingers crossed’ over Joao for derby clash

Lucas Joao is an injury doubt for next Monday’s Hillsborough derby clash with Sheff U.

Joao missed training on Monday with a sore knee and the problem kept him out of Tuesday evening’s win over Brentford.

Speaking after the victory agsinst the Bees, Steve Bruce said of Joao: “He is touch and go for Monday. We are hoping for the best.”

Loanee defender Achraf Lazaar looks certain to miss the game following his hamstring injury sustained against Brentford and Morgan Fox is likely to step in after being sidelined for two matches with a back problem.

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