Sheffield United caretaker boss Paul Heckingbottom has offered an injury update on four key players.
Chris Basham, Sander Berge, John Egan and Billy Sharp are all currently sidelined for the Blades.
Yet it’s hoped that they could return in the not too distant future.
Egan suffered a toe injury six weeks ago, but Heckingbottom has some positive news about the defender.
“He is back in training and we are hoping we can build him back up as quick as possible so he can play,” the 46-year-old told Press Association.
“It will be a case of building him up and then playing 90 minutes.”
As for Berge, the midfielder is still a little further away from a return. This is despite the fact the 23-year-old was called up by Norway during the recent international break.
Although he didn’t play, Berge was pictured training with his international teammates.
“Sander is still a couple of weeks away,” Heckingbottom continued.
“He is out on the grass building up his speed and he is still doing his own personal rehab. Once he is back up to speed, we will be able to integrate him back with the squad.”
Sky Sports reports the earliest Berge could return is the Premier League match against Arsenal at Bramall Lane on April 11.
The rest of the injury update
As for Basham and Sharp, the prognosis doesn’t look quite as good.
“I’m afraid Sharpy’s was quite a significant muscle injury, and he will be a few weeks,” Heckingbottom said.
“Bash was a strange one. He was playing right up until the Chelsea game (on March 21) and we have not managed to get him on the training ground yet. Hopefully we will have him available in the not too distant future.”
All four players are hugely influential for the Blades as they try and finish what has been a poor season so far on a high.
Although not yet confirmed, many people at the club have already accepted relegation this term. Unsurprising really, considering United are rock bottom with 14 points and are the same amount from safety.
Yet with the likes of Basham, Berge, Egan and Sharp back and available, they could at least try and finish 2020/21 with some positive results.