Sheffield United defender, John Egan, could miss Sunday’s game against Manchester United.
The Irish defender was subbed off at the halfway point as Ireland drew 1-1 with Denmark. After a comfortable first half display, Egan was replaced by Ciaran Clark.
There was some uncertainty around what the injury was. However, according to respected injury expert, Ben Dinnery, it was confirmed as a calf injury for Egan.
Calf injury for Egan…
Thanks to those who pointed it out. https://t.co/chDeXwUXHG
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) November 18, 2019
There were initial fears Egan had been withdrawn due to a concussion. Dinnery reported this as his first observation, too.
However, a number of fans pointed out that Egan had indeed suffered a slight calf strain. Although it remains to be seen to what extent the problem is for Egan. The injury, though, was enough for Mick McCarthy to take action.
The news could be a bitter blow for Chris Wilder and Sheffield United. The Blades host Manchester United this weekend and are already without Dean Henderson.
A calf injury could well be better news, however. A concussion would have placed Egan in the concussion protocol. That would mean there was every chance he would be automatically ruled out.
Blades fans will be hoping for good news as the day progresses.
Who can step in to replace John Egan against Manchester United?
The obvious choice is Phil Jagielka. The former England man joined the Blades in the summer. He’s been in every matchday squad this term, coming on numerous times already.
Outside of that, Richard Stearman remains an option. The other option would be to move Enda Stevens to LCB and play Jack O’Connell in Egan’s slot. Ben Osborn would then slot into LWB.
It’s a difficult conundrum for Chris Wilder. Although, he will expect those who do step in to be ready.
Wilder has made no secret about how the rest of his squad need to be ready when needed. If John Egan is missing against Manchester United, then Jagielka and co will simply have to do the business.