Midfielder Simon Walton is likely to miss the whole of the new season with a cruciate ligament injury, just a week after joing Sheffield United on a season long loan.

The 22-year-old agreed the move from his parent club Plymouth Argyle and joined up with Kevin Blackwell for a second time after the two were at Leeds United together.

Speaking after sealing the deal the Blades boss told how he hoped to help Walton get his career back on track.

Obviously, I had him at Elland Road but he does seem to have lost his way a little bit," he told www.sufc.co.uk.

"He and Aaron Lennon were going to be the next big thing in English football and I have brought him here to try and help him catch up a bit."

Walton suffered the injury during United's pre season defeat at Mansfield last weekend leaving Blackwell devastated for the youngster:

"It is a massive blow to the lad, missing a whole campaign because of one tackle and we knew straight away that it was a serious one.

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

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