Rhian Brewster picked up yet another injury this weekend as Sheffield United beat West Brom to get back to winning ways.
The Blades put the Baggies to bed with a fine away performance. Early goals from Iliman Ndiaye and Oli McBurnie made it a comfortable day for Paul Heckingbottom’s side. However, once again, the win was tarnished by more injury misery.
Rhian Brewster became the latest to go down with injury. The striker had only been on the field for 11 minutes when he pulled up with a hamstring injury. And after only recently returning from a similar problem, Brewster will be fearing the worst.
However, there could be a tiny element of hope for Brewster and United. Speaking on SUTV, pundits Ellie Wilson and Kevin Gage noted how Brewster had at least walked off the field at The Hawthorns. That, of course, is in contrast to seeing Rhys Norrington-Davies stretchered off the week prior with a similar looking injury.
Of course, we’ve seen hamstring injuries numerous times over the years. And as Wilson pointed out on SUTV, it is the 24-48 hours afterwards that are key, rather than the immediate reaction.
Sheff U News View: Rhian Brewster injury another nightmare for United
What is going on this season? There just seems to be a never-ending injury list. Players are coming back, then picking up other knocks, or we’re seeing someone new go down.
People have been calling into question Paul Heckingbottom’s methods in training. But surely, he and the club are on top of everything to not be causing such issues. It is a question Heckingbottom has answered already as well.
Ultimately, it seems to be down to luck. Brewster going down was the last thing United needed to see. The striking department now looks lightweight, with only Billy Sharp really offering back up to McBurnie and Ndiaye.
With Daniel Jebbison also out and Will Osula on loan at Derby, Heckingbottom could look to use Reda Khadra in attack in the coming games.
All we can do is sit and hope Brewster has got away lightly here. The comments on SUTV might seem a bit like clutching at straws. But at the moment, it feels like that’s all we can do when it comes to injuries.