Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has offered a short but sweet update on the fitness of Lys Mousset ahead of the Blades’ trip to Aston Villa today.
The Frenchman is missing with what Wilder called an ‘unusual’ foot injury sustained in pre-season, with Mousset missing the Blades’ opening day loss against Wolves and the League Cup trip to Burnley in midweek.
And Wilder, speaking to the Sheffield Star ahead of the trip to Villa Park, admitted he had little to offer in terms of an update on the former Bournemouth man.
“There’s no update on Lys. We don’t know yet. But he’s the only one out though”, Wilder said.
Wilder is continuing to search for a new striker. The likes of Folarin Balogun and Rhian Brewster have both been mentioned, and Wilder has also admitted both those players are of interest to him.
For now, though, it looks like the Blades will have to use what’s available. That will mean a choice of two out of Oli McBurnie, Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick, and Oliver Burke for the trip to Villa.
This one’s a bit of a worry, especially given Mousset’s history – Our View
With most other players, this wouldn’t be a massive issue. The majority of United’s players are fit as fiddles and can come back into the XI with minimal training behind them.
However, given Mousset’s well-documented fitness issues and United’s lack of striking prowess at the moment, the the Frenchman being out injured is bad news.
It could be approaching the Christmas run-in before we get to see the best of ‘Moose’. That in itself is a bit of a worry with half the season gone by then.
But, with a bit of luck, Mousset can get back training soon and look at rediscovering the form he showed in the first few months of the last campaign.