Sheffield United could be without a number of first-team regulars for the must-win clash with Newcastle United on Tuesday.
Despite winning for the first time in six months against Bristol Rovers yesterday, the Blades boss, Chris Wilder, confirmed United face a race against time to have some key players fit.
Among them, are George Baldock and Enda Stevens, who missed the trip to the South West, while Lys Mousset could also be struggling again.
“Missed out today, we we’ll assess them and see where they are and if they’re not available we get on with it like we have today,” Wilder said.
Speaking about Mousset, Wilder also said the Frenchman will need to be assessed as well after appearing to limp off the field today.
“We’re preparing for Tuesday so that’s one we’ll assess again,” Wilder added.
Mousset has had a tough week after being involved in an incident with his Lamborginhi on Sunday evening, but had trained all week and got another 55 minutes under his belt, while he was also credited with the opening goal by some.
United, though, will hope he is fit for the Newcastle game against a team that, by tradition, will come and sit deep at Bramall Lane and look to hit the Blades on the break.
Wilder having no luck, this is as bad as it’s been
The Blades boss hinted at this in one of his other post-match interviews but this is one of the worst injury lists in the Premier League at the moment.
It’s key players, too. Long-term absentees like Berge and O’Connell, then Stevens and Baldock, with Mousset struggling for full fitness, mean it’s five players who would probably be in the first XI most weeks.
The Blades will keep battling, though. Ben Osborn and Jayden Bogle did well today, while Oliver Burke more than showed what he is about with a fine cameo in place of Mousset.
Onto Tuesday we go.