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Chapell skates off to Blades in recall

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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WINGER Jordan Chapell has been recalled by Sheffield United only 48 hours after helping Burton Albion to victory in the FA Cup.

The 21-year-old made his second full appearance on loan from the League One side in Saturday’s 1-0 second round victory at Crewe Alexandra.

Chapell looked set for a run of games after recovering from an ankle injury that sidelined him during his first month at the Pirelli Stadium.

But Blades yesterday decided he should return to the Bramall Lane fold.

Brewers boss Gary Rowett said: “I’m not sure exactly why Sheffield United want Jordan back.

“It’s possible they picked up injuries at the weekend and need to cover themselves or they’ve decided they want him back in their development squad.

“That’s something they’re entitled to do under the terms of a youth loan.”

Chapell joined Albion on October 23 and scored on his first appearance after coming off the bench in the 1-1 draw against Port Vale the same day.

He also made a substitute’s appearance in the 1-0 defeat of Bradford City four days later before making his full debut in the 3-3 draw at home to Altrincham in the first round of the FA Cup.

Chapell then spent the rest of his first month on loan nursing an ankle injury.

However, Rowett decided to renew the loan and recalled the youngster to the starting line-up at Gresty Road on Saturday.

Rowett said: “We’ve got enough players who can operate in Jordan’s position, but I’m disappointed we haven’t had the chance to have a longer look at him.”

Meanwhile, Rowett was far from disappointed after his side were drawn away to Leicester City in the third round of the FA Cup.

Albion had hoped for a money-spinning tie away to one of the Premier League big guns, but face a return trip to the King Power Stadium, where they enjoyed one of the greatest nights in the club’s history by beating the Foxes 4-2 in the second round of the Capital One Cup in August.

Rowett said: “ In the first instance in the third round, a club like ours is looking to be drawn away to Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea or a Premier League club of that stature.

“When that dosn’t come out of the bag, you feel a little bit deflated because ofg all the hard work that’s gone into getting this far in the competition.

“But beyond that, you look a bit deeper and the reality is that Leicester away is still a really good draw.

“There are plenty of games that could have been a lot more unattractive - and beyond the top eight in the Premier League and obviously Derby County, this is just about as big a game as it comes.

“You could take the view that the tie loses a bit of its appeal because we’ve already played at Leicester in the Capital One Cup.

“But the fact we won that game means we can go there with a bit of belief.

“It’s a local game, which is good for our fans in terms of travelling, and it should be a great occasion.”

The tie will be played on the weekend of January 5-6.

ALBION will have a strong side on duty tonight away to Hednesford Town in the second round of the Birmingham Senior Cup, kick-off 7.45pm.

Defender Andy Corbett, club skipper John McGrath and fellow midfielders Cleveland Taylor and Jack Dyer join strikers Billy Kee and Justin Richards in the squad to travel to Keys Park to take on the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side.

All six players were on the bench for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Crewe, with McGrath and Dyer both having a part to play in the 1-0 victory after being called into action in the second half.

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