Sander Berge has been called up by Norway despite still being injured for Sheffield United.
Berge’s been named by his country in their squad for upcoming World Cup 2022 qualifiers with Gibraltar, Turkey and Montenegro.
Yet the midfielder hasn’t played for the Blades since December 18 after suffering a “freak” injury in the 3-2 Premier League defeat to Manchester United.
United manager Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that Berge is not available for today’s FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea.
“Sander isn’t fit,” Heckingbottom said in his pre-match press conference.
“It’s going to be a while before he’s back playing football.
“He can continue rehabbing and progressing away from here, because that’s what he’s been doing anyway.”
The Yorkshire Post reports Berge won’t be back playing until April, so why has he received a call up?
Berge injured for Blades but not for Norway?
This is a slightly strange scenario and it would be a big surprise if the 23-year-old were to play for his country.
However, if Berge is just involved for morale then why name him in the squad and effectively waste a spot?
If the Norwegian were to feature during the international break it’ would surely cause confusion and annoyance at Bramall Lane.
Berge looks set to leave the Blades this summer when their likely relegation to the Championship is confirmed.
Liverpool are the latest side to be linked with him and United are really missing his talent in midfield.
Arsenal are also thought to be interested, although the South Yorkshire club will not let Berge leave on the cheap.
He was signed for a then club record £22m in January 2020. But it’s thought the Blades will demand far more than that to sell Berge this summer.