An injury at any stage of the season to your club’s talisman is far from ideal but when it occurs during the culmination of a fascinating automatic promotion battle, it could end up being disastrous.
Unfortunately for Sheffield United, this has been the case as the implications of their draw with Millwall go much further than simply dropping two points at Bramall Lane. During their clash with the Lions, Billy Sharp was forced off with a hamstring injury (via the Star), an issue which could have a profound impact on the club’s hopes of securing a top-two finish which would guarantee Premier League football next season.
If the 33-year-old is ruled out for the rest of the campaign, it could quite easily end up derailing the Blades’ season at the worst possible time.
If they let it.
Instead of reflecting on a situation which is out of their hands, United must instead maintain the belief which has put them in a great position to secure a return to the top flight after 12 years away.
Indeed, without the presence of Sharp, Chris Wilder’s side will be missing one of their main weapons in an attacking sense yet it could provide the club’s other strikers with the opportunity to become heroes in their own right. In the form of David McGoldrick, Scott Hogan and Gary Madine, United have players who at their very best are capable of producing the moments of magic that are needed in this situation.
With just four games left to play in what has been a remarkable season in the Championship, it would not be at all surprising if the Blades can overcome the adversity surrounding Sharp’s injury to usurp Leeds United in May. Although they are currently three points behind Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites, four wins from their last four will put an incredible amount of pressure on their Yorkshire rivals who still have to face an Aston Villa side who are flying under Dean Smith.
What do you think Blades fans? How worried are you about Sharp’s injury? Can you still achieve promotion in his absence? Let us know below.