Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has admitted it’s “touch and go” if Oli McBurnie will face Manchester United because of injury.
McBurnie was substituted shortly after half-time during the 3-0 defeat at Southampton on Sunday after injuring his shoulder.
“He wasn’t in a good place after the incident and at half-time,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield. “Full credit to Oli that he wanted to give it a go, I wouldn’t expect any different from him. But obviously he was struggling to carry on.
“We’ll give him as much time as possible and we’re hopeful he’ll take part in an early morning training session tomorrow before the game and we’ll take it from there.
“It is touch and go and as always, we’ll give him the maximum time to recover.
“If Oli’s available that will be great for us and if not, we’ll have to get on with as we’ve had to with the obvious misses that have hurt us so far this season.”
McBurnie latest on the injury list
Wilder mentions the “obvious misses” the Blades have had so far this season and it’s certainly true they’ve had back luck with injuries.
Jack O’Connell has been absent since the second game and is likely to miss the rest of 2020/21 after having knee surgery.
Lys Mousset has been limited to two substitute appearances so far after a “rare” toe injury in pre-season.
John Fleck and Enda Stevens have also missed large chunks of what has been a difficult campaign with fitness issues.
Wilder’s side go into tomorrow’s home match with Man United having made the worst start in Premier League history.
They are bottom of the table with just one point and 11 defeats from 12 games.
The Scotland international has played a part in every fixture so far, starting eight of them – including the last four.
McBurnie’s target man credentials are useful in attack, but defensively the 24-year-old has also been praised.
The striker would be a big miss against the Red Devils.