In what could be the nightmare end to the World Cup for Sheffield United’s interest, Iliman Ndiaye appears to have taken a knock playing for Senegal.
Ndiaye was given a place in the starting XI against England but was withdrawn at half-time as Aliou Cisse reacted to two England goals with a triple sub. At the time, it was deemed that Ndiaye was just one of the unlucky players.
In fairness, he had been quiet. Apart from the annoying mispronunciation of his name from a woeful ITV commentary team, Ndiaye struggled to really get into the game. Unlike the previous game, Ndiaye couldn’t quite find space and found the likes of Rice, Maguire, and Shaw tough opponents.
But in what appears to be more worrying for Sheffield United more than anything, a video surfaced of Ndiaye appearing to limp at the full-time whistle.
Ndiaye injured for Senegal?
It would just about sum Sheffield United’s injury luck up this season. And while there is no confirmation as of yet, a video shared on Twitter by the 13Football account (which has more than 120,000 followers) showed Ndiaye hobbling towards a final Aliou Cisse teamtalk.
Ndiaye appears to have something strapped to his calf as he hobble-jogs to the huddle. Translated, the tweet reads:
“Released at half-time, Ilimane Ndiaye would have received a blow to the back of the right calf as shown in these images.”
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The good news is Ndiaye at least managed to run towards the group huddle. Albeit a bit slower than we’d have liked to have seen.
However, this is a worry for United. Fans feared all tournament an injury to Ndiaye and it seems to have happened.
With a bit of luck, it’s just an impact knock and he can recover. But a nervous wait will ensure now, as Paul Heckingbottom looks to get his man back and ready for Huddersfield this weekend.