Derby County defender Shaun Barker has joined Sheffield United for a short trial period which will see him play two games for the club’s under-21’s, BBC Sport have confirmed.
The central defender dislocated his knee cap and damaged several ligaments in a game against Nottingham Forest back in 2012, with him yet to play a game for the first-team since the horrific injury.
Barker, who was signed for the Rams by current Blades boss Nigel Clough, has been given a chance to prove his fitness with the South Yorkshire club and he played his first game for the U-21’s yesterday in a 2-0 defeat to Forest.
It remains to be seen whether the former Rams captain has a future in Steve McClaren’s squad and should he impress with the Blades, Clough may attempt to secure a loan deal for Barker to stay at Bramall Lane until the end of the season.
Sheffield United currently sit in fifth position in Sky Bet League One, having amassed 53 points from 32 league games.
The addition of Barker could help add a vital element of experience to the squad in the latter stages of the season, and could help cement the Blades’ spot in the top six of the division.