Sheffield United could be without David McGoldrick yet again this weekend against Bournemouth, as the striker struggles to overcome and injury problem.
The Irish international has missed the last month or so with a foot injury. Although it is nothing serious, Chris Wilder confirmed a few weeks back that McGoldrick had indeed suffered a setback in his rehab.
McGoldrick’s absence has opened the door for Billy Sharp, too. The skipper has started the last three games in all competitions now, although he has yet to get his name back on the scoresheet.
And it looks like Sharp might well get the nod again this weekend. That’s because Wilder’s latest update on the fitness of McGoldrick did little to suggest the forward was fit and raring to go against the Cherries.
“He’s been out on the grass this week. The good thing now though, is with Richairo involved and Luke Freeman putting in good performances…I’ve got some really good options”, Wilder said. (BBC Sounds – Andy Giddings)
“Lys Mousset’s introduction was key last weekend. And I also thought Oli McBurnie, particularly near the end, led the line brilliantly”.
Those comments from Wilder suggest he is in no rush for McGoldrick to come back into the fold. However, he has previously insisted the Blades are a better side with McGoldrick in it. It will, then, be interesting to see who Wilder does select when he has all his forwards fit.
Work to do for McGoldrick
You wouldn’t have imagined this being up for discussion around three months ago but McGoldrick now faces a genuine fight for his place in the team.
Once the first name on the team-sheet, McGoldrick’s absence has given others time to shine. In particular, Oli McBurnie appears to have cemented his spot as one of the two forwards who will start regularly.
The addition of Zivkovic in the January window only adds further competition.
For all of David McGoldrick’s good work earlier in the campaign, it looks like he faces an uphill task to even regain a squad place at the moment.