Chris Wilder issues Jack O'Connell update, says decision lies with medical team and not him
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Chris Wilder issues Jack O'Connell update, says decision lies with medical team and not him

Sheffield United bosss Chris Wilder admits he is bound by the advice of the medical team when it comes to Jack O’Connell and Sander Berge.

The Blades pair have been missing for the majority of the season through injury, with little sign of either player returning to first-team action as yet.

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However, both players are back doing light training of sort and working their way back to fitness. Wilder says Berge and O’Connell have got ‘fantastic attitudes’ and want to be back out there helping the team.

And the Blades boss admits if it was up to him, he’d be pushing it along further to get them back if he could.


“They want to be back out there on the grass. But it’s dictated by the medical team and people far more qualified than me,” Wilder told Yorkshire Live.

“If it was me, I’d try and get them out there, you know that. But not at the moment. They will be welcomed back straight back anyway into a group who know how important both are.”

O’Connell’s injury has proved one of the biggest problems of United’s entire season. Wilder has used countless players in the left centre-back role, with only Ethan Ampadu of late really putting his stamp on proceedings.

Berge and O’Connell both massive players but little point rushing

Like Wilder, most Blades want to see Berge and ‘JoC’ back in action ASAP.

But given the likelihood of relegation anyway, there is little point in rushing them back and hampering them further for next season.

John Lundstram is doing a good job in place of Berge in recent weeks, while Ampadu has stepped up to the plate and looks the real deal now.

Hopefully, both come back fit and fighting soon enough and Wilder will get his wish to get them back on the grass as he terms it.

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