Sheffield United have been rocked by the news from Chris Wilder that John Fleck will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a back injury.
Fleck being missing will be a huge blow to the Blades. The Scot was the creative force from midfield last term and, with his left foot, brings balance to the midfield three for United.
With Fleck missing from the action, questions have started to be asked of if the club can recall Luke Freeman from Nottingham Forest, who joined the Reds on loan in the summer.
Freeman has started to come into his own a bit for Forest of late and played the full 90 minutes for Forest as they won 1-0 in Chris Hughton’s opening game as manager yesterday.
But whether he can actually come back to Bramall Lane remains unconfirmed, although, reading into things, it doesn’t seem like there’s much hope of that unfolding.
Why Blades won’t be recalling Luke Freeman
First off, there is no reports of any sort of recall clause being inserted into the deal on Forest’s official website.
The only extra option within the transfer is the option for Forest to make it a permanent one. Furthermore, numerous reports around Nottingham are led to believe the Reds paid a fee to land Freeman on loan.
Typically, this means there is no chance of a recall within the loan thanks to that fee.
So, for now, it looks like the Blades will simply have to make do. Ben Osborn can step in if needed, while John Lundstram occupied the position against Fulham yesterday.