Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has given some positive injury news ahead of the Premier League match with Chelsea.
The Blades are in buoyant mood following a 93rd minute John Egan winner in Wednesday’s game with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Despite being without three players due to injuries, United still found a way to win and keep their hopes of European qualification alive.
The victory moved them up to seventh in the table and just one point behind Wolves in sixth. It also means they have now taken seven points from their last three league outings.
This is a great improvement from their first four fixtures after the restart. A 0-0 draw at Aston Villa was followed by successive defeats to Newcastle United, Manchester United and Arsenal – the latter being in the FA Cup.
At that point it looked like the season might fizzle out, but Wilder and his players have turned things around. Yet the matches come quickly and they welcome the Blues to Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Sheffield United injury news for Chelsea visit
Billy Sharp coming in for David McGoldrick against Wolves was one of two changes made by Wilder. The other saw Jack O’Connell replace Jack Robinson in defence for his first start since the restart.
O’Connell had also been struggling with an injury, but out in a solid performance as the Blades kept only their second clean sheet in seven games.
However, dropping McGoldrick was an enforced decision. The Republic of Ireland international is a key player, so him joining John Fleck, Luke Freeman and John Lundstram on the list of injuries is a blow.
“We’re hopeful he’ll be OK at the weekend,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield when asked about McGoldrick.
Meanwhile, Fleck, Freeman and Lundstram were all expected to be out for two weeks. That’s why it was somewhat of a surprise when the latter was named on the bench to face Wolves.
Yet Wilder explains and also has some good news about Fleck.
“John Fleck’s back out on the grass (training),” the 52-year-old continued. “Lunny had an (painkilling) injection.”