While Sheffield United will be focussing on Swansea City this weekend, it’s impossible to ignore the news coming from Blackburn Rovers about Ben Brereton-Diaz.
The Chilean striker has been nothing short of sensational for Rovers this term. Brereton-Diaz has 20 goals in 32 games for Tony Mowbray’s men. As we know, he tore United apart at Ewood Park and helped himself to a goal that day as well.
However, he is without a goal in his last six games and now, he looks set to miss the trip to Bramall Lane in what could be a huge confidence booster for United and Paul Heckingbottom.
Brereton-Diaz’s absence has more or less been confirmed by Rovers manager Mowbray. The experienced boss has ruled his striker out of this weekend’s game and then suggested Brereton-Diaz could miss a couple of games.
“He has twisted his ankle, it wasn’t a kick, and he will miss a period of time. We will wait and see how long that will be,” Mowbray said, via Lancs Live.
“He won’t be available this weekend which is a blow but it’s an opportunity for someone else to come in and see if they can knock the goals in. Ben filled a void when Adam Armstrong left and if Ben is going to miss a game or two then someone else has to step up.”
Blackburn paid around £7m (BBC) for Brereton-Diaz in 2019. Despite a slow start, he has flourished this season is now a regular for Chile as well.
Our View: Brereton-Diaz Injury Is Massive For Blackburn And Sheffield United
The Blades have had their own spells of rotten luck recently up top. After allowing both Lys Mousset and Oliver Burke to leave on loan, United lost Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick to injury. That’s forced a recall for Daniel Jebbison from Burton.
Without being cruel about Brereton-Diaz – and we wish him well – this is a big bonus for United. The striker was a nightmare to play against last time out at Ewood Park and Rovers are simply a worse side without him.
Of course, he could recover in time. But the way Mowbray was speaking here suggests they’re preparing for a few games without their talisman. His loss not only dents Rovers’ confidence, but should give United a boost as well.
Any team who sees the opposition’s best player not featuring will always be happy. United, then, need to take full advantage of this at The Lane next Tuesday.