The foot injury that Lys Mousset has sustained is more serious that first thought, reports Yorkshire Live.

The striker hasn’t played for Sheffield United so far this season after damaging tendons during a pre-season friendly with Preston North End.

What was initially thought to be an innocuous toe injury, has now turned out to be far worse. And manager Chris Wilder still isn’t sure when Mousset might return.

“I have seen Lys today (Friday), he has had his boot off and having treatment today and he’s in and around the place,” Wilder said ahead of Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Leeds United.

“So that’s good news for Lys.

“But there’s not really any return date as yet, which is really disappointing from our point of view.”

What Mousset injury means for transfer business

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Wilder was already in the market for a new forward before this latest news concerning Mousset. The 53-year-old says he’s been in regular conversation with the board about it, but as yet no one has come through the door.

Which is even more frustrating considering how the Blades have struggled in front of goal this season. The loss to Leeds means they have now failed to score in all three of their league games in 2020/21.

With three defeats coming during that time, it’s a run that leaves the South Yorkshire side bottom of the table. Their only goal this term was scored by David McGoldrick in the Carabao Cup loss to Burnley.

Not that they haven’t had their chances. Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier pulled off two fine saves to deny them at Bramall Lane.

But their form in the final third remains a concern. Several names have been linked with the Blades, with Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun and Rhian Brewster of Liverpool apparently top of Wilder’s wish list.

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