Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has given more details on the “freak” injury that will keep Sander Berge out for the next three months.
Berge was forced off during Thursday’s 3-2 Premier League defeat to Manchester United and Wilder has revealed the unfortunate reality.
“Sander’s got quite a nasty injury,” the 53-year-old told BBC Radio Sheffield. “Really freak, unfortunate injury.
“He’s gone to block a ball and the force of the clearance has caught him on the end of his toe. It’s affected all his hamstring and it’s pulled the tendon off the bone.
“He’ll require surgery, so three months.
“It just seems to be one of those seasons where those injuries keep coming up.”
Wilder was speaking after the Blades picked up their first away point of the season with a 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
Berge’s replacement in the starting XI, John Lundstram, was shown a straight red card in somewhat controversial circumstances after 40 minutes.
Initially given as a yellow, Lundstram was then sent off after VAR intervened.
With the midfielder now suspended for three matches and Berge out injured for the long-term, Wilder has issues in the middle.
Berge injury just the latest setback
United have endured a sorry start to the new campaign after a brilliant return to the top flight in 2019/20.
They finished ninth last term – their best league position since 1992. Yet after 14 games this time around, they’re bottom with just two points.
Jack O’Connell, who played such a prominent role in the Blades having the fourth best defensive record in the division last season, has been out since the second game.
O’Connell had knee surgery and is unlikely to return in 2020/21.
Meanwhile, Lys Mousset also had a “rare” injury in pre-season. Mousset injured his toe during a friendly with Preston North End and has only played 63 league minutes over three substitute appearances as a result.
Berge’s form had been one bright spot for United during what has been a poor campaign so far.
Therefore, being without the Norway international until at least March is simply another setback in a series of them for Wilder.