Lundstram and O'Connell injury update as Sheffield United finalise 2019/20 squad
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Lundstram and O'Connell injury update as Sheffield United finalise 2019/20 squad

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has provided an injury update on John Lundstram and Jack O’Connell.

This is ahead of their Premier League match with Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.

O’Connell has not played at all since the restart of the professional football in England. The defender injured himself in training when he collided with Dean Henderson.

Lundstram, meanwhile, was forced off during the FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Arsenal. The midfielder fell heavily on his arm and left the pitch with it in a sling fashioned from his shirt.

“He had a scan this morning so it’s dependent on that,” Wilder said in his pre-match press conference.


“Looking back it was an awkward fall, so he’s touch and go for Thursday.”

On O’Connell, Wilder continued: “Everyday is better for Jack, but we won’t make a high risk decision on him.

“We want to give him the best chance to fully recover.”

How Lundstram and O’Connell injury will affect squad

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In the absence of O’Connell, Jack Robinson has been filling in on the left side of central defence and has done well.

Meanwhile, Sander Berge came off the bench to replace Lundstram at the weekend and impressed. Wilder is unlikely to be too troubled if neither are available against Spurs.

There is some good news for the Blades as well, as the aforementioned Henderson has extended his loan with the club until the end of the season.

The goalkeeper’s deal was due to expire today, but Manchester United have agreed to an extension. The same is true with Richairo Zivkovic and Changchun Yatai, while Mo Besic and Panos Retsos have returned to Everton and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.

Leon Clarke, Kieron Freeman, Phil Jagielka and Jack Rodwell have all agreed to temporary extensions to their contracts as well. The quartet would have become free agents today, but will now also stay until the end of the extended 2019/20 campaign.

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