When Jack Robinson went off against Cardiff at the weekend, it looked like a case of ‘here we go again’ for Sheffield United and injuries.
Among the huge number of injuries United have had this season, hamstring problems seem to be blighting things the most. So far, Max Lowe, Rhian Brewster, Rhys Norrington-Davies, and on Saturday, Robinson, have all suffered.
Paul Heckingbottom refutes any issues with training and player management. Instead, the Blades boss blames the schedule and the fact so many have had to play before being fully ready.
However, while assessing the injury situation and praising players for putting themselves forward, Heckingbottom revealed another hamstring injury within the Sheffield United camp. This time, in the form of George Baldock.
“Flecky came back before he should have, Bash is carrying, Ossie, George has been carrying a hamstring. You have Egan and Ollie who have been ever present, you have Iliman who has put himself forward and trained every day. Enda coming back and being thrown straight in. It’s been needs must, they have had to play and wanted to play,” Heckingbottom told Yorkshire Live.
Certainly, it seems this World Cup break has come at the ideal time for Sheffield United. Getting players back from injury, into full training, and without the pressure of games, could be massive.
Sheff U News View: Baldock injury is the last thing United need
Despite Jayden Bogle being back in training and looking to come back after the break, George Baldock remains key for the Blades.
He has been a model of consistency at right wing-back this season. We all know he doesn’t offer quite what Bogle does in the final third. However, Baldock’s energy, effort, and defensive capabilities have been crucial.
If he is nursing a hamstring injury, then United need to be on top of it. The last thing we need is another player going down injured.
Hopefully, a bit of rest is what Baldock needs on this one. From there, we can kick on safe in the knowledge we have two quality right-backs to choose from in from December onwards.