Sheffield United could have a goalkeeper injury crisis for Friday’s Premier League clash with West Ham United.
Michael Verrips has admitted on Instagram he has concussion. Verrips was taken off during Sunday’s 2-1 FA Cup third round win over AFC Fylde.
“Disappointed I had to leave the pitch with concussion, but hopefully back on the pitch in a few days,” the Dutchman wrote.
Yet there are strict FA guidelines concerning concussion and a five-day turnaround may be too quick for Verrips to be involved. Even if the 22-year-old is only sitting on the bench.
“We’ll have to see how Michael is,” manager Chris Wilder told the Sheffield Star after the Fylde victory. “We’ll take a look at him and then go from there but yes, it could cause an issue.”
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Dean Henderson came on for Verrips at the weekend following his head injury. Henderson is the established number one at Bramall Lane and would have been expected to come back into the starting XI against West Ham in any case.
The problem is who will be the substitute stopper. Simon Moore is also currently sidelined with a groin issue – although Wilder is hopeful he could be fit for Friday.
“Simon is coming along well,” the 52-year-old continued. “He’s been making progress so there’s a good chance he’ll be okay for that one.
“Obviously we’ll be working with him, as we have been, this week. He’s been doing well in terms of his rehabilitation so there’s a good chance he could be back.”
Moore being on the bench is a more likely outcome than Verrips. Simply because of the strict rules surrounding concussion.
If neither are available then perhaps Wilder will line up an outfield player to step in if needed. Back when Neil Warnock was in charge, Phil Jagielka took up that role on several occasions. Maybe he’ll be asked to do it again?