International breaks may be great for the likes of Gareth Southgate and Didier Deschamps but for club managers, it must be an excruciating experience.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder saw no fewer than eight members of his first team be called-up by their respective countries which is not ideal at any circumstance in a season, let alone giving the position his team find themselves in.
Currently second in the Championship, the Blades are just eight games away from securing automatic promotion to England’s top tier. Yet in order to continue their impressive form of late, they would have been stressing over the fitness of several of their key players.
Therefore, the news that John Fleck had been snubbed by Scotland manager Alex McLeish for his country’s fixtures against Kazakhstan and San Marino would have given both Wilder and the club’s supporters a boost.
The midfielder has been in exemplary form this season for the Blades, providing five assists for his teammates and scoring on two occasions. Such is his importance for Wilder’s side, Fleck has missed just two league games all season and so the scare of losing him to injury on international duty must have been on the mind of his manager.
However, his absence of involvement for Scotland will undoubtedly hand the Blades a significant boost for their weekend fixture against Bristol City, a game which he could play a defining role in. If the Blades are to secure a return to the Premier League after 12 years away via automatic promotion, Fleck will have to be an ever-present in their final eight fixtures.
What do you think Blades fans? Is Fleck’s Scotland snub great news for your promotion push? Or would you have preferred the midfielder to have been involved for his country at the weekend? Let us know below.
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