Sheffield United have two big injury concerns ahead of their match with Southampton.

Both David McGoldrick and Callum Robinson have withdrawn from international duty with fitness issues.

The duo had been away with the Republic of Ireland. Both started the 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland on Thursday.

McGoldrick scored his first senior goal for his country to rescue a point in Dublin. Yet neither will play any part in tomorrow’s friendly with Bulgaria.

“David came into camp with a shoulder injury but was determined to play against Switzerland and what a game he had,” national team manager Mick McCarthy told BBC Sport.

“He was brilliant from start to finish and capped off a great performance with a first senior international goal that was no more than he deserved.

“Callum felt his hamstring in the second half of the game so it is best now that he also goes back to Sheffield United for treatment.”

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This will come as a blow to the Blades ahead of their return to Premier League action this weekend. They host the Saints at Bramall Lane at 3pm on Saturday.

Boss Chris Wilder already has two players in the medical room with John Fleck and Kean Bryan absent with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

Fleck is in contention for a return, although Wilder has made it clear he does not want to rush the midfielder back.

Being without McGoldrick and Robinson would majorly alter his plans, however. This is because the two have played a major role so far this season.

Robinson has started every league game, scoring his first goal for the club in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea. McGoldrick, meanwhile, started the first three and then came off the bench at Stamford Bridge.

Wilder does have other options in attack, with Oli McBurnie, Lys Mousset and Billy Sharp also available.

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