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Sheffield United suffer injury crisis with TEN players set to miss Arsenal clash

Sheffield United suffer BIG injury crisis ahead of today’s game against Arsenal.

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Arsenal welcome Sheffield United to North London this Saturday as Mikel Arteta’s men aim to restore their winning ways against a winless side this campaign. However, the Blades’ uphill battle has just got steeper with seven confirmed absences and three additional doubts casting shadows over their prospects.

Defender Deficiencies

Sheffield United are riddled with injuries in the backline, as four players will be absent at The Emirates. Welsh international, Rhys Norrington-Davies recently hit the one-year mark since he was stretchered off against Coventry last season, an injury blow which meant he missed the 2023 Qatar World Cup. However, while the defender is gradually edging closer to fitness, the upcoming Arsenal fixture will come too soon for his return.

Chris Basham and John Egan are both suffering from ankle injuries which will stop them from travelling with the squad. Basham is set to be sidelined for some time after a horror injury against Fulham earlier in the month, which saw damage to his ligament and dislocation to his ankle. John Egan is out for approximately 7 weeks after he injured himself  during a game whilst attempting to jump for a header. To make matters worse, Bosnia & Herzegovina international, Anel Ahmedhodzic pulled his hamstring in training, and after assessment, it’s been confirmed that he will be out of action for several weeks.

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Midfield Mishaps

In the middle of the park, the Blades’ summer signing, Tom Davies has been ruled out of the fixture. Davies left his lifelong club, Everton, this summer as he joined Sheffield United on a free transfer after his contract’s expiration, but his leg injuries have followed him to Sheffield. The midfielder was taking the last shot in training when he caught the floor and felt a pain in his thigh, subsequently Davies underwent surgery during the previous international break and will now be sidelined for an estimated four months.

In the wing-back positions, Max Lowe and George Baldock are both doubtful to face the Gunners. Lowe is dealing with an ankle injury, while Baldock is recovering from a calf injury. However, Baldock is looking more likely to feature than his English teammate, and he has made progress and returned to training. Heckingbottom told the press on Thursday that, ‘George [Baldock] has trained today and [will] tomorrow. It’s been a while, and today was his first session since that international break with Greece’

Striker Setback

Heckingbottom will have three players unavailable in the attacking department, as most notably, Oliver McBurnie is unlikely to feature at the Emirates. The Scotsman scored a penalty against a victorious Manchester United on Monday night, but the goalscorer was forced off due to a groin injury just after half-time. McBurnie has been unable to train since Monday night’s defeat, and he is awaiting a scan to see the extent of his injury.

Meanwhile, Danish striker William Osula is a doubt for the game, although there is hope for his return, as Heckingbottom mentioned he’s ‘getting closer.’ Unfortunately, young Englishman Daniel Jebbison won’t be available due to a long-term illness, and his return date remains uncertain

Arsenal will look to improve on a well-fought win in Seville during the week and with a few injury issues of their own, facing an injury-plagued Sheffield United could be advantageous for Arteta’s team. A positive result against Heckingbottom’s side will be a beneficial boost for the Gunners before going into a London derby against West Ham in the Carabao Cup midweek.

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