Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has given an injury update on midfielders Luke Freeman, John Fleck and John Lundstram.
With a congested fixture list and games coming thick and fast, it isn’t good news for the Blades.
“Luke Freeman, John Fleck and John Lundstram are all out for two weeks,” Wilder said in his pre-match press conference.
All three players missed Thursday’s 3-1 Premier League victory against Tottenham Hotspur, although United excelled in their absence.
Both Sander Berge and Ben Osborn were brilliant in midfield, with the former netting his first goal to open the scoring. Berge then turned provider to assist Oli McBurnie for the third and secure the three points.
However, it does limit Wilder’s options in the middle when there are so many games left to play.
Which matches will Freeman, Fleck and Lundstram miss through injury?
Over the next two weeks the Blades have four of their remaining six fixtures. This starts with a trip to Burnley on Sunday, followed by successive home ties with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea the following Wednesday and Saturday respectively.
The fortnight concludes with an away game at Leicester City on July 15. It is also only 15 days before they host Everton at Bramall Lane on July 18.
Essentially, Freeman, Fleck and Lundstram are likely to miss the majority of the rest of the season. With all three playing in central midfield, this does pose a problem for Wilder.
Berge, Osborn and Oliver Norwood started against Spurs and having done well, will probably keep their places for the trip to Turf Moor at the weekend.
Beyond that options are limited, though. Both Jack Rodwell and Chris Basham – who have played in central defence for United this term – can also feature in midfield.
With Mark Duffy having been released at the end of June and Ravel Morrison on loan at Middlesbrough, they have very little else to call on.
Wilder may have to consider tweaking his formation as a result. David McGoldrick could certainly play as a number ten. With so many other striker options available – including McBurnie, Lys Mousset, Billy Sharp, Richairo Zivkovic and Leon Clarke – perhaps three may need to be fielded at the same time.