Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says Max Lowe suffered concussion during the 1-1 draw with Fulham on Sunday.
The Blades picked up their first Premier League points of the season as a late Billy Sharp penalty rescued a point against the Cottagers at Bramall Lane.
Lowe started his first league match for the club after joining from Derby County. But it lasted only 19 minutes.
The 23-year-old was forced off with injury and was replaced by Jack Robinson. It meant the experiment of moving Enda Stevens from wing-back to central defence was cut short.
Instead, Robinson played in the back three and Stevens moved into Lowe’s position on the left flank.
“He’s got concussion, he took a nasty whack and got blurred vision,” Wilder said after the match, as quoted by Yorkshire Live.
“We were looking for that combination of Enda and Max.
“We didn’t bring anyone in to cover Jack O’Connell, so I went with moving Enda to a position I didn’t want him to move but Max coming off early scuppered all those plans.”
Unfortunate for Max Lowe and the Blades
Transfer deadline day came and went on Friday without United bringing in a replacement for O’Connell. The defender is set to miss the rest of the campaign after having a knee operation.
Robinson had been playing at centre-back in the absence of O’Connell. Yet Wilder clearly felt a change was needed.
It saw Stevens switch to the role, just as the Republic of Ireland international did during the promotion season from the Championship in 2018/19.
Unfortunately there wasn’t much time to tell whether the new system worked before Lowe had to go off.
The full-back is unlikely to return for the upcoming league fixtures with Liverpool or Manchester City either. FA protocol on concussion says a player needs at least 14 days recovery time after the injury before returning to the pitch.