Sheffield United will be without John Fleck for this afternoon’s clash with Bristol City, as Chris Wilder’s side go in search of a fifth consecutive victory at Ashton Gate.
It’s been a fine start to the season for the Blades, who sit third in the Championship table at this stage.
Victory today could see them move top, depending on results elsewhere, but they will have to do it without midfielder Fleck, who has a groin injury.
Wilder has drafted John Lundstram into his starting XI to replace Fleck alongside Oliver Norwood.
⚔️⚽️ CONFIRMED TEAM | John Fleck misses out with a groin problem, John Lundstram starts. Places on the bench for Baldock, Clarke, Washington & Johnson #twitterblades #sufc #ForgedinSteel pic.twitter.com/VoQJAbuOd2
— Sheffield United (@SUFC_tweets) September 15, 2018
Elsewhere, David McGoldrick partners Billy Sharp in attack, with Conor Washington and Leon Clarke backing up from the bench.
There’s also a place on the bench for Marvin Johnson, but Martin Cranie hasn’t been included in Wilder’s matchday squad at Ashton Gate.
Following the club’s announcement, there has been plenty of reaction on social media, with many disappointed to see Fleck missing out…
— Booootthhhhh… (@Joshbooth_96) September 15, 2018
2 number 10’s
— Colin Clayton (@ColinVClayton) September 15, 2018
Think Lundstram will do a better role where Fleck plays. Doesn’t need the ball retention as much as Norwood or Coutts roles.
— ShippyIGA Gamer (@ShippyIGAGamer) September 15, 2018
Loving the strength of that bench
— Daniel Severs (@drsevers) September 15, 2018
Not sure we get any sort of result without Fleck, sadly. Hope to be proven emphatically wrong.
— Mike Hall (@mikehall_83) September 15, 2018
Missing fleck is like Barcelona without messi ????
— Jonathon furniss (@Jonathon14jonny) September 15, 2018
Take a draw now
— Alfredo (@alfredo1889) September 15, 2018
I'm happy with the starting lineup.
Obviously I would rather have Fleck but he's not available & this is exactly why CW brought Lundstrum in. Time to step up to the plate Johnny boy.
— Reverend Cheesy Cheddarman (@FatherCheesy) September 15, 2018