Sheffield United suffered a miserable time of things against Rotherham at Bramall Lane last night and an injury to Oli McBurnie added to the woe.
McBurnie went down late on after challenging for a high ball in the Rotherham box. At the time, he looked in serious pain before coming back into the field to hobble through the last few minutes.
Paul Heckingbottom confirmed after the game that McBurnie had indeed ‘rolled his ankle’. And in what is worrying news for United, the big striker was spotted leaving Bramall Lane wearing a protective foot boot.
The Sheffield Star reports how McBurnie took what is hoped will be a precautionary measure. However, it will bring back fears of last season for Blades fans, who saw McBurnie in similar protective footwear as the season drew to a close.
McBurnie is already booked in for a hernia operation this weekend after the Cardiff game. Should he have damaged his ankle seriously, it would be a huge blow.
The Blades are desperate for the World Cup break to come. Paul Heckingbottom is hoping to have Jayden Bogle, Max Lowe, Sander Berge, and more all available for selection after the break.
Sheff U News View: McBurnie injury could derail United’s season
There are a few players in this current Sheffield United XI who are crucial and McBurnie is one of them.
The striker has been outstanding. In fact, before being injured against Rotherham, he looked United’s most likely goal scorer.
Should McBurnie be ruled out for a while, then questions need to be asked of the board. The Blades cannot go through the season with just Ndiaye, Sharp and Khadra as attacking options. Daniel Jebbison is also out injured, while Will Osula is out on loan at Derby.
United could well need a new striker in January. And if McBurnie is to be injured for a while, the board have to act.