John Fleck injury leaves Sheffield United depleted after international break
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John Fleck injury leaves Sheffield United depleted after international break

John Fleck is a doubt for Sheffield United this weekend after suffering an injury on international duty with Scotland, reports The Sheffield Star.

Fleck came off in the second half of Sunday’s 1-0 Nations League win over Slovakia. The midfielder’s potential absence only adds to the Blades’ selection issues ahead of Sunday’s match with Fulham.

Fellow Scot, Oli Burke, was sent home by manager Steve Clarke because of an apparent knock. Burke has started the last three league games and has impressed since his summer switch from West Bromwich Albion.

David McGoldrick is also a doubt for the visit of the Cottagers after being injured while away with the Republic of Ireland. McGoldrick is the only player to score for United this season, netting against Burnley and Arsenal.

Finally, John Egan is self-isolating after another player in the Irish squad tested positive for Covid-19. Egan was one of four who had been in close contact with them, along with Callum O’Dowda, Alan Browne and Callum Robinson.

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What next after John Fleck injury?

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Assuming the quartet are all unavailable at the weekend, Chris Wilder will have some decisions to make in terms of selection.

Fleck hasn’t actually made Wilder’s starting XI for the last two games, with Ben Osborn preferred in central midfield.

However, Burke and McGoldrick have been the chosen duo upfront since the opening day defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

If neither can play it will see Wilder having to turn to an entirely new strike force. Rhian Brewster is in line for his debut after completing a club record £23.5m move from Liverpool.

Brewster was withdrawn from the England Under-21s squad in order to get fit and understand the Blades’ tactics.

Alongside him the options are either Oli McBurnie or Billy Sharp, with Lys Mousset also injured.

Meanwhile, when Egan was recently suspended for the fixture with Leeds United, Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu filled in at the heart of central defence.

Yet as United seek their first points of 2020/21, having an already small squad further depleted will not be welcomed.

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