Paul Heckingbottom has been handed a major fitness blow ahead of the game against Leeds United on Saturday.
As reported by Athletic journalist Richard Sutcliffe on Thursday, Heck won’t have any of his injured players back in time for the game.
According to Sutcliffe, Chris Basham hasn’t been able to train in the international break and striker Billy Sharp is “a few weeks away” from a return.
Sander Berge – one of Sheffield United’s best players – is still a “couple of weeks” away.
Finally, while John Egan is back in training, it’s said the game on Saturday will come too soon for him.
Sheffield United do not expect to have any of their injured contingent back for Leeds.
Chris Basham has been unable to train in the break, while Billy Sharp remains a "few weeks away" and Sander Berge a "couple of weeks". John Egan is training but not expected to be ready.
— Richard Sutcliffe (@RSooty73) April 1, 2021
Bad luck for Heck
If Heckingbottom thought he was dealt a bad hand at Leeds, inheriting a squad that he couldn’t get results from, things are even harder for him at Sheffield United.
The side looks doomed, rock bottom of the Premier League and with fairly major injury issues.
In Basham and Egan, Heckingbottom has lost two of his most reliable centre-backs and Berge, who has been missing a while, is one of their best players.
Billy Sharp scored three against us in the 17/18 season and Leeds fans will be glad that he’s out.
David McGoldrick will be the main threat for Leeds but he’s only scored six all season. And Oli McBurnie (1) and Rhian Brewster (0) have struggled to find the net all season.
Leeds, meanwhile, have pretty much everyone available, bar a doubt around Mateusz Klich.
Ahead of Sheffield United, Leeds still to confirm if Klich will be available. But Cooper is fit and Rodrigo and Hernandez available too. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 1, 2021
It all adds up to an easy win for Leeds, right?
Well, this is Leeds and with Heckingbottom in the dugout, Leeds fans will be very wary of a very ‘Leedsy’ result.
But, we believe we’ll get the win that will put us on 42 points and almost guaranteed safety with eight games left.
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