Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder, is hopeful of having a couple of potentially injured players available for the game with Newcastle tomorrow.
The Blades could be without wing-backs Enda Stevens and George Baldock again, while Lys Mousset also appeared to hobble off the field against Bristol Rovers at the weekend. Finally, Phil Jagielka and Billy Sharp remain doubtful after Wilder admitted they were just ‘bench fillers’ at the weekend.
But speaking ahead of the clash with Newcastle, Wilder admitted while he is hopeful a couple might make it, it’s looking more likely the weekend game with Spurs might be more realistic.
“We’d like to think some of those five will be (fit) for the game,” Wilder said in his pre-match press conference today.
“But it’s touch and go on a couple of those players and it might come too soon. The weekend might be a more realistic target.”
Wilder confirmed over the weekend that Sharp and Jagielka had been among the players suffering from Covid-19 within the squad and had only just returned to any sort of training last Thursday.
Baldock and Stevens, meanwhile, missed out at Bristol Rovers but both Jayden Bogle and Ben Osborn came out of the game with credit in the bank.
Mousset would be big but we must crack on
Obviously, the Blades need as many players fit and fighting for places as possible so to have any of those five fit is a bonus.
However, Sharp and Jagielka are unlikely to feature much anyway, while the performance of Osborn and Bogle will have put many Blades fans’ minds to rest.
Mousset is the big one. Although not fully fit, he is one of a few United players who has a bit of magic and game-changing ability in the locker.
United, then, will be hoping the Frenchman is at least available for some of the clash with Steve Bruce’s men.