Lys Mousset could be back in action for Sheffield United sooner than expected after injury.
The Sheffield Star reports Mousset suffered a “rare” toe injury during pre-season, which resulted in the striker having to undergo surgery.
Yet the 24-year-old has now had his protective boot removed and is stepping up his rehabilitation at Shirecliffe.
Manager Chris Wilder has also given an update on when Mousset could be back out on the pitch for the Blades.
“We’re looking at him to progress in the next three to four weeks,” Wilder said. “For that type of injury it really isn’t an exact science.
“He might be earlier than expected but we’re possibly looking in and around the start of December for him to hopefully be available.
“These are the important times for Lys and the work we put into him. We’ll be ramping that up because he has been an important player for us and will be going forward.”
Sooner Mousset is back from injury the better
In truth, it has been a poor start to the season for United. Heading into Saturday’s fixture with Manchester City, they have one point from six Premier League games.
After City they face Chelsea before another international break. Games with West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion complete November, before Wilder hopes to have Mousset back in action.
Which won’t be before time, as the South Yorkshire side’s biggest struggle this term has been scoring goals. They have just three in the top flight in 2020/21 – the lowest in the division.
Mousset represents their most potent threat in that regard. The Frenchman top scored in the league in 2019/20 alongside Oli McBurnie with six goals. Yet his came in far less game time, playing almost half as many minutes as McBurnie.
Rhian Brewster has since arrived as a club record signing from Liverpool. But Brewster is still just 20-years-old and it would be a lot to ask him to shoulder all of the scoring burden.
Mousset is the biggest goal threat Wilder has in his squad and the sooner he returns the better.