Enda Stevens once again left the field due to the injury as Sheffield United saw off Norwich City 1-0 at Bramall Lane.
The flying left wing-back was enjoying another excellent performance for the Blades. However, he went down midway through the second period and was immediately replaced by Ben Osborn.
It was the second home game in succession where Stevens has come off injured. A slight calf strain forced him off against Brighton and, subsequently, he missed the trip to Reading in the FA Cup in midweek.
And following the game, Blades boss, Chris Wilder, said he was disappointed with the injury but believes it won’t be anything serious.
“Yeah, it’s the same calf injury. It was tight and it was disappointing from our point of view”, Wilder said. (BBC Football Heaven)
“He’d done an awful lot of work and we’d cleared him in the week so, yeah, it’s disappointing. But we won’t sulk about it.”
Stevens has been in fine form for the Blades all season. He scored a thunderbolt of a goal against Brighton last weekend and has caught the eye on a number of occasions with his marauding runs down the left.
To his credit, Ben Osborn once again came in and did a fine job. It’s clear the former Nottingham Forest man is keen to impress at Bramall Lane and he stuck to his task well against a dangerous Norwich City side.
Proper rest could be needed
Not that this is a dig in any way at the Blades, but maybe on this occasion, Stevens just needed that bit longer to rest.
Having put in such a shift throughout the campaign, Stevens was always going to be a player who was at risk of sustaining the odd injury. However, as Wilder touched on, the conditioning of the players has ensured injuries have been minimal.
Hopefully, it’s nothing serious of lingering for Stevens and he’ll be ready to go at Newcastle next weekend.