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Sheffield United injury latest as Oli McBurnie suffers foot issue during Arsenal defeat

Oli McBurnie is the latest Sheffield United player to join the injury list.

Caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom says the striker hurt his foot during Sunday’s defeat to Arsenal.

McBurnie came on as a second half substitute against the Gunners, but was brought off again just seven minutes later.

“We are hoping he’s OK, but we are taking no risks,” Heckingbottom told Yorkshire Live.

“He’s got to go and get an X-ray and we will take it from there.

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“It would be nice to get through the season without losing players.”

Oli McBurnie latest injury for Sheffield United

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The Blades have suffered with absences this season as their form has greatly faltered.

Their loss to Arsenal was their fifth straight defeat in all competitions and fourth under Heckingbottom.

They are rock bottom of the Premier League table as relegation looms ever closer.

United have just 14 points and are now 18 points from safety with only seven games remaining. Their drop back down to the Championship could be confirmed as early as this weekend.

John Egan did return in defence for the first time since February 15 after dislocating his toe.

George Baldock also started despite concerns he may be out with concussion, while Jayden Bogle made the bench after similar worries.

But Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson and Jack Rodwell remain long-term absentees. Heckingbottom says it’s unlikely that O’Connell – who has played just twice in 2020/21 – will return before the campaign is out.

Sander Berge is also absent. Despite being back in training, it’s thought Berge still won’t be ready to play for at least a couple more weeks.

Chris Basham and Billy Sharp complete the current list of injuries. It remains to be seen whether McBurnie will be joining them.

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