By David Woods

25th Sep, 2020 | 11:05am

Big boost for Leeds as two key Sheffield United players ruled out of Sunday clash

Sheffield United are without two key players for the game against Leeds United at Bramall Lane on Sunday. 

John Egan was sent off against Aston Villa and in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Chris Wilder confirmed that his club wouldn’t be appealing the decision.

That means he will miss the game and Wilder also confirmed that striker Lys Mousset would sit out the Premier League clash.

As quoted in Leeds Live, Wilder said, “There was occasion at Oxford where we should appeal it. Everyone thought we should appeal it but we got turned down.

“So no I won’t [appeal the Egan red] because it won’t get turned over. I still believe the decision was the wrong one.”

On team news for Sunday he said, “John Egan and Lys Mousset not available, everyone else is.”

Struggling Sheff Utd weakened further

Egan – skipper for Sheffield United when he got sent off against Aston Villa – will be a big miss.

38-year-old Phil Jagielka could come in for him and that could be a player for the Leeds attackers to target on Sunday.

Lys Mousset was the club’s top scorer in the Premier League last season and his absence will leave Sheffield United really light up top.

Oliver Burke played up front in the game against Villa but didn’t score. However, he did show a real turn of pace and the Leeds backline will have to watch for him.

He’s a winger by trade, though, and it shows how short Wilder is for striker options.

That’s been reflected in the games so far, with Sheffield United yet to score a single goal in the league.

That’s led to Leeds actually being made favourites to win by the bookies.

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