Sheffield United yesterday played their first game since the Premier League returned and managed to draw 0-0 with relegation battling Aston Villa.
However, there were two noticeable players not in the squad due to injury, and Chris Wilder has spoken about when the two might return.
Jack O’Connell and John Fleck were unavailable for yesterday’s fixture and Wilder has since detailed the length of their injuries and their possible comeback dates.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live, the Blades manager said: ‘The commitment of both players – Flecky goes in for a challenge at Hull City in the last minute and I am looking at him thinking you can’t do that, but he trains and plays in that way and that’s taken him though his period at Sheffield United.
“Jack O’Connell collided in the last minute of a session on Monday. I believe Flecky will be back for Sunday, Jack we are just waiting on.”
The news is both positive and negative for the Blades, as Fleck possibly being available to be back in the squad to face Newcastle will be a huge boost.
With O’Connell, supporters would have been worried due to the fact that he had played every Premier League fixture for the Blades before the return of football and was crucial to helping the side sit comfortably in the top half of the table.
However, after Jack Robinson’s performance yesterday in his absence, supporters may feel less worried about O’Connell’s absence, with the ex-Liverpool man providing great cover in Wednesday’s clash. He picked up a 7.7 rating from SofaScore, which was the second best in Sheffield United’s team, and made three tackles whilst winning six out of his seven aerial duels.
Hopefully the Blades can continue their good run and push for a spot in Europe as the season enters its final stretch.
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