Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed David McGoldrick will miss the Carabao Cup match with Sunderland.
McGoldrick tweaked his groin in training in the buildup to the Premier League clash with Everton. As a result the striker didn’t feature in the 2-0 win at Goodison Park and won’t be ready for Tuesday night’s outing either.
In McGoldrick’s absence Callum Robinson returned to the starting XI upfront alongside Oli McBurnie. Yet it was substitute Lys Mousset who got himself on the scoresheet, securing victory against the Toffees after Yerry Mina had netted a first half own goal.
Wilder therefore has plenty of other options with McGoldrick out.
“He is obviously going to be out of the midweek game and we’ll see how he rocks up this week for the Liverpool game,” Wilder told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“Definitely Mouss is knocking on the door.
“I thought Callum was good. It’s difficult the position we asking him to play from a defensive point-of-view and I thought him and Oli were game and bravely ran about and tucked in when they had to.”
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Luckily for Wilder his squad has a relatively clean bill of health as things stand. Aside from McGoldrick, Kean Bryan is the only other injured player.
Bryan injured his ankle in the previous round of the Carabao Cup against Blackburn Rovers. That was the defender’s first and only appearance of the season so far.
In truth, Bryan is way down the pecking order for a place in Wilder’s side. Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell have established themselves as the first choice defensive three.
Behind them Phil Jagielka is next in line, while Richard Stearman is another candidate. Enda Stevens can even fill in at centre-back if required.
As for McGoldrick, in his absence Wilder also has plenty of other options. Billy Sharp is not one of them, though, as the skipper serves the second of a three-match suspension after being sent off against Southampton.