Sheffield United have been hit with an injury crisis heading into this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Wolves.
United boss, Paul Heckingbottom, has chosen to look at the positive side despite missing up to 11 players for the trip to Molineux on January 9.
“There’s another three missing, so 11 in total. It’s a good opportunity for the boys who are available,” said Heckingbottom, via the Sheffield Star.
“It’s not been ideal. We’re desperate for games, so I’m not going to moan about it. But it’s been a tough period for us with games being called off. We’re not going to take risks with people with the amount of games coming. So we have 11 missing at the minute.”
It’s been a topsy turvy week for Heckingbottom, who admitted his plans have changed multiple times this week in reaction to the news of various absences.
“Game time is key now. We have a plan but that changed Tuesday and again on Wednesday and will probably change again between now and the game. We’ll be ready and make sure we can get the game on. We’re looking forward to getting the games in.”
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Heckingbottom revealed that Rhian Brewster did return to training this week following a period of time off with a hamstring injury. But he also admitted Robin Olsen will miss out once again this weekend.
Heckingbottom’s side will face Premier League opposition on Sunday before their league campaign resumes on January 15 with an away trip to Derby County.
The Blades are currently 13th in the Championship, but they do have multiple games in hand on their nearest rivals.
Sixth place Huddersfield Town are eight points clear of Sheffield United, but United have four games in hand.
This is a pretty disastrous situation for Sheffield United to find themselves in. However, Heckingbottom choosing to look on the bright side is a show of good attitude.
It would be very easy to complain about the various circumstances that have led to this moment, but they are instead carrying on and getting their jobs done.
It does give them very little chance of overcoming Wolves, who are eighth in the Premier League, but there is always a chance of an upset in the FA Cup.