Sheffield United forward Oliver Burke is back at Bramall Lane and Shirecliffe it seems, after being sent home from international duty with Scotland.
The powerful striker was hoping to make an impression on Steve Clarke in the upcoming playoff and Nations League games for the Scots but has come home just days into joining up with the squad.
Reasons behind Burke’s departure are still unclear. However, there may be some cause for concern from some United fans, given Scotland are also due to be without Stuart Armstrong, Ryan Christie, and Kieran Tierney after the Southampton midfielder tested positive for Covid-19.
It is unclear at the moment whether Burke has also been released for a similar reason. However, there was no mention of this from Clarke in his pre-match interview.
Clarke’s quotes from the Press and Journal suggest that Burke has a knock. The Scotland boss specifically focuses on the three players – plus two staff members – who now need to self-isolate. The report also states Burke’s absence is due to injury.
Hopefully nothing to worry about, Burke has started pretty well
To say there was a bit of negativity about when we signed Burke, the former Forest and Celtic man has done pretty well in his opening few games.
Yes, he hasn’t scored yet but he has looked a threat. His running and power worries defenders. He laid on the pass to Chris Basham to win us a penalty at Villa while he should also have seen David Luiz sent off last week.
Hopefully for United and Burke, this is just a minor knock. We could do with him fit and firing in what is going to be a must-win game against Fulham at Bramall lane in ten days’ time.