Sheffield United caretaker manager, Paul Heckingbottom, has discussed which player is likely to return from injury next after Sander Berge.
Berge is back in training having not played in 2021 after suffering a hamstring injury in December.
“Sander, it’s just really building up his minutes now and yes, I do expect to see him in a United shirt before the end (of the season,” Heckingbottom told The Sheffield Star.
The Blades have experienced several injuries to key players this season.
Jack O’Connell hasn’t played since September after having knee surgery. Meanwhile, Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp won’t play again in 2020/21.
Chris Basham and Jack Robinson are also currently sidelined, but Heckingbottom has some good news about the latter.
“Jack is also coming along well, but he’s a little bit behind where Sander is at,” the 43-year-old continued.
When Berge and the rest could be back for Sheffield United
While it seems Berge and Robinson will return before the campaign is out, it’s unclear whether the others will.
McBurnie and Sharp certainly won’t, while Basham’s injury also appears complicated.
As for O’Connell, the club clearly don’t want to rush him back. Understandably so, but it could mean the defender will only play twice this term.
All of which has certainly contributed to the awful season United have had on the pitch.
They have equalled the earliest ever relegation from the Premier League with six matches still remaining. Their fate was confirmed last week after losing 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
As well as the aforementioned names, key players from 2019/20 – such as John Egan, John Fleck and Lys Mousset – have all missed significant game time because of injury this time around.
It’s seen a highest league finish since 1992 last season, become an earliest relegation in less than 12 months.