The new Premier League season gets underway this weekend and Sheffield United face a tricky opening fixture against Wolves on Monday. The Blades only finished five points behind their opposition last season and the fixture could go either way. Chris Wilder will want the squad to be fully fit but it looks like this might not be the case following the latest reports.
According to the Yorkshire Post, midfielder Sander Berge has returned home early from international duty with Norway due to an injury.
The midfielder, who became the most expensive transfer the club have made in their history when he signed for £21.60 million, played for his country in their 2-1 defeat to Austria, but a suspected knee injury saw him withdraw before Norway played Northern Ireland on Monday night.
Since the defensive midfielder signed in January, he has managed to make 14 Premier League appearances for the club, scoring one and assisting one, whilst making on average 1.4 tackles a game, per WhoScored. He is only 21 years-old, but looks to be a very solid player for the club with potential and so Wilder will be very gutted that he might not be available for selection against Wolves.
However the club definitely have cover with John Lundstram being the likely player who could come in to replace him. Lundstram managed five goals and three assists last season, but when the Norwegian was signed, the Englishman started to see himself get less minutes for the Blades, so this could be his chance to emphasise that he should be starting.
The club could also use new loan signing Ethan Ampadu to replace Berge if he is injured and although this could be seen as a riskier option as the 19 year-old was only signed this week, the fact that there are a couple of players who could replace Berge highlights the good squad depth Sheffield United have.
Blades fans, what are your thoughts on this injury news? Comment below!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience