Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has delivered an update on the fitness of Billy Sharp and Chris Basham ahead of the Easter weekend double-header against Nottingham Forest and Hull City.
Both players were substituted with hamstring injuries in the draw with Millwall at the weekend, as the Blades’ automatic promotion hopes suffered a huge blow.
United looked on course for an important three points until they conceded a 95th-minute equaliser at Bramall Lane, leaving them three points behind second-placed Leeds United in the Championship promotion race.
With just four matches left to play, the Blades are now preparing for a two vital games against Nottingham Forest on Friday and Hull City on Monday.
Wilder is expected to deliver another update on the fitness of both players after tomorrow’s training session, but has admitted that he will not risk playing them if they are not ready.
“We’ll see how they are and what the situation is. Then, we’ll take it from there,” Wilder told the Sheffield Star.
“We’ve got players, good players, ready to step in if needed. This is why we always maintained it was important to build a squad.”
It’s a sensible decision from Wilder. Sharp and Basham have both been highly-influential for Sheffield United this season.
There are still four matches to go to turn things around, but if the Blades do fail to go up automatically, then both players will be needed in the play-offs.
Playing them against Forest or Hull if they are not ready is simply too much of a risk, after all the hard work his players have put in this season.
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