Sheffield United are already sweating on the fitness of striker Oli McBurnie ahead of their return to football against Huddersfield Town next month.
The Blades have had a nightmare with injuries in recent months. But, they went into the World Cup break on the back of four wins from five.
However, one of the big sour notes from the last few weeks has been an injury to Oli McBurnie. The big striker went down against Rotherham and rolled his ankle. Despite suggesting he’d be fit to face Cardiff, it’s since been confirmed McBurnie has sustained ankle ligament damage and is in a protective boot.
And according to Yorkshire Live, United are yet to know if McBurnie will be fit to face Huddersfield when football resumes in the middle of December.
Along with the new ankle injury, McBurnie is booked in for a hernia operation. Yorkshire Live writes how McBurnie’s ankle problem could impact his recovery from that hernia op. As it stands, it is unknown whether or not United’s number nine will be fit or not.
Sheff U News View: McBurnie being injured could derail United’s season
This is a nightmare injury for United. Despite having a host of players out, the likes of McBurnie are massive.
His importance this season can’t be underestimated. His goals have been vital. But his overall performances leading the line and defensively from corners and set-pieces have been a standout as well.
Ultimately, if McBurnie is going to be injured beyond December and into January, then the board will have to act and bring someone in in January. Along with Rhian Brewster being out and Reda Khadra appearing unsettled, United’s attacking options seem limited.
Hopefully, McBurnie can make a quick recovery from both knocks. This three to four weeks could be crucial for both United and McBurnie.