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George Baldock injury update is good news for Sheffield United ahead of Burnley visit

There is some good news concerning the injury to George Baldock.

Baldock was noticeably struggling as Sheffield United won 1-0 at Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Then the right-back was absent for Wednesday night’s defeat at Newcastle United by the same scoreline.

Yet caretaker manager, Paul Heckingbottom, is hopeful Baldock will return for the final game of the season this weekend.

“He’s got a hamstring tendon issue so we’re just managing it,” Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield. “The state of the season, where we are, we’re not going to risk anything.

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“We have to be sensible with things. We want to make sure he’s right.

“I’m hoping he’s back fit (for Burnley). It’s a managed decision to get him back fit for Sunday’s game.”

George Baldock injury latest in a long list

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Baldock being absent is simply the latest setback for the Blades in a campaign full of them.

The 28-year-old played every league match last term as United finished ninth in their first top flight season in 12 years.

Yet this is already Baldock’s third absence of 2020/21 due to a knock. It’s been a similar story with other defensive mainstays such as Chris Basham, John Egan and Enda Stevens.

All three have missed large chunks of this campaign due to injury.

Meanwhile, Jack O’Connell has played just twice all year. O’Connell is among the list of currently unavailable players, which also includes Ethan Ampadu, Sander Berge, Oli Burke, Oli McBurnie, Lys Mousset and Billy Sharp.

It’s not the only reason the Blades have been relegated this term, but it certainly hasn’t helped either.

If Baldock does return this weekend, then Heckingbottom will have to decide whether to bring him back in or stick with Jayden Bogle.

The form of Bogle has been one of the few positives for the South Yorkshire side this season.

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