Sheffield United began their pre-season tour of Scotland last night with a friendly against Dundee United.
The match, which the Blades were winning 1-0, had to be abandoned at half-time because of torrential rain.
There were also a few notable absences, with Yorkshire Live reporting several key players haven’t travelled across the border. They are; George Baldock, John Lundstram, Oli McBurnie, David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset and Jack O’Connell.
With the Daily Mail claiming two of the United squad tested positive for coronavirus after returning from holiday in Greece, it has to be assumed they are among that group.
“As you can understand we have a couple of injuries, a couple in self isolation but we have some bodies coming up the road tomorrow morning,” manager Chris Wilder said after the game.
“We have a couple who missed out on the test because they are self isolating, which will be common in a lot of clubs.”
Why are those Sheffield United players absent from pre-season?
It seems safe to assume McGoldrick is one of those players back at Shirecliffe being treated for an injury. Sky Sports reports the forward has been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad because of a foot problem.
O’Connell could be another with fitness issues, having missed the final day of the 2019/20 season. The 26-year-old was also absent for the first four fixtures after lockdown because of a knee issue.
Meanwhile, Mousset is likely to be among those self-isolating. The striker was also missing for the last two matches of last term after being granted compassionate leave by Wilder.
Mousset returned home to France after the birth of his first child. Now back in England, the 24-year-old will have had to self isolate.
That leaves Baldock, Lundstram and McBurnie. Of the three, it’s known that the former has been in Greece this month. That’s because Baldock confirmed as much in an interview with the Telegraph.
If the Mail report is to be believed, then he is surely one of the two. It means that either Lundstram or McBurnie could be the other.