Sheffield United were rocked by the news yesterday that defender Jack O’Connell could be set to miss up nine months following a knee operation.

The defensive stalwart, who has been with the Blades since the days in League One, missed the clash with Leeds and Chris Wilder confirmed that O’Connell could miss the season.

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However, it may not be the case, if a report from Football Insider is to be believed.

Their report claims that O’Connell is confident of returning to action within 3-4 months. If that is the case, it would be an enormous boost for Chris Wilder, who has already instructed his board to bring in cover for the Liverpudlian.

United have endured a nightmare start to the season. Having lost all three games, both O’Connell and Lys Mousset have gone down injured. In addition, Wilder has yet to bring in the new striker he craves, although Rhian Brewster is said to be close to signing.

This would be massive but don’t get your hopes up too much

The truth is here, is that we have no idea of knowing just how long O’Connell will be out for. It will depend on so much, like the extent of the injury, his recovery time with his own body, and of course, getting back actual fitness.

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That’s not to question the source but given we only found out yesterday he was missing, it seems strange just a day later for there to be a bit of a u-turn.

Like most things, this is a case of wait and see for the Blades. But if O’Connell does get back for January, then it’s massive news indeed.

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