Ahead of next month’s Championship clash with Leeds United, Sheffield United may have been given a boost.
In an official statement, Leeds confirmed: “Kemar Roofe will face a period on the sidelines following confirmation that he damaged knee ligaments during the win over Swansea City last week at Elland Road.”
The Yorkshire Post reports that the club are hopeful of having Roofe back this season. However, the forward will almost certainly not be fit for the March 16 visit of the Blades.
With the two clubs level on points currently in second and third place this could prove crucial. Any advantage ahead of that clash at Elland Road should be welcomed by United.
How important is Roofe?
The 26-year-old has played a crucial role in the Whites’ revival under Marcelo Bielsa in 2018/19. In 26 league appearances Roofe has scored 14 goals and provided two assists.
With Patrick Bamford having been injured for large spells himself this term, Bielsa has often used the forward as his number nine.
Fortunately for the Argentine head coach he does now have Bamford back, with Roofe moving back into attacking midfield. Options to replace him there appear to currently be Pablo Hernandez, Tyler Roberts or Izzy Brown.
Of course the Blades should not take too much joy in fitness issues at their Yorkshire rivals. After all, Bielsa does still have plenty of talent at his disposal without Roofe.
United manager Chris Wilder probably won’t be devoting too much time to it either – at least not until nearer the game.
“I’m not interested in what Leeds do or what Norwich City do,” the 51-year-old told the Sheffield Star.
“All I want to do is focus on ourselves and make sure we get results because that’s something we can influence. We can’t influence what other clubs do so it’s a waste of time worrying about that.”