Wilder provides McGoldrick injury update and if he'll be ready for new season
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Wilder provides McGoldrick injury update and if he'll be ready for new season

Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has provided an injury update on David McGoldrick.

McGoldrick was called up by the Republic of Ireland for upcoming Nations League fixtures with Bulgaria and Finland.

However, the forward will now miss tonight’s game in Sofia with a foot problem. Yet there is more positive news for the weekend’s match with the Fins.

“Didzy has been continuing to work with us this week,” Wilder told The Sheffield Star.

“They (Ireland) play on Sunday, I believe, so I think he’ll be involved in that.”

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This is good news for the Blades, who play their season opener in less than a fortnight’s time. They host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on September 14.

Good news about McGoldrick injury

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McGoldrick has emerged as a key figure at Bramall Lane since joining on a free transfer from Ipswich Town two years ago.

In that first campaign he helped the South Yorkshire club to promotion from the Championship with 15 goals. Despite only scoring twice in the league in 2019/20, McGoldrick proved himself to be a unique player in Wilder’s squad.

Less a striker, the 32-year-old became the link between midfield and attack as United impressed on their return to the top flight.

Wilder tweaked his system after the club went up, dropping the number ten in a 3-4-1-2 and playing a 3-5-2. It meant the gap to the final third had widened, which McGoldrick addressed.

Not afraid to drop deep, the Irishman would be spotted all over the pitch as Wilder’s fluid tactics confused opponents.

McGoldrick was also far from the only person who struggled in front of goal. Only three teams in the entire division scored fewer than the Blades last term – and two of those were relegated.

Yet as most United fans realise, the attacker offers so much more than simply putting the ball in the back of the net. Having McGoldrick available for Wolves will be a big plus.

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