Sheffield United have been hit by an injury crisis ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Wolves.
United boss Paul Heckingbottom has chosen to look on the positive side despite the absence of up to 11 players for the trip to Molineux on January 9.
“There are still three missing, so 11 in total. It’s a good opportunity for the boys who are available, ”said Heckingbottom, via the Star of Sheffield.
“It wasn’t ideal. We are in desperate need of games, so I’m not going to complain. But it was a difficult time for us with games canceled. We are not going to take chances with people with the number of games to come. So we have 11 missing per minute.
It’s been a week in reverse for Heckingbottom, who admitted his plans had changed several times this week in reaction to reports of various absences.
“Playing time is the key now. We have a plan but that changed on Tuesday and again on Wednesday and will probably change again between now and the game. We will be ready and make sure we can start the game. We can’t wait to have the games.
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Heckingbottom revealed that Rhian Brewster returned to training this week after a period off due to a hamstring injury. But he also admitted that Robin Olsen will be out again this weekend.
Heckingbottom’s side face Premier League opposition on Sunday before their league campaign resumes on January 15 with a trip away to County Derby.
The Blades are currently 13th in the league, but have several games in hand against their closest rivals.
Sixth-placed Huddersfield Town is eight points clear of Sheffield United, but United have four games in hand.
It’s a pretty dire situation for Sheffield United. However, Heckingbottom choosing to look on the bright side is a display of good attitude.
It would be very easy to complain about the various circumstances that led up to this moment, but instead they just go on and do their jobs.
It gives them very little chance of defeating Wolves, who are eighth in the Premier League, but there is always a chance of being upset in the FA Cup.