Chris Wilder has been forced back into the transfer market to look for a new goalkeeper, after Sheffield United were dealt a blow with Simon Moore picking up an injury, reports the Sheffield Star.
Moore was stretchered from the field during yesterday’s pre-season friendly with Rotherham United after picking up a knee injury, and the goalkeeper is now facing a spell out, with scans required to discover the extent of the injury.
The 27-year-old’s absence will serve Wilder a huge blow ahead of the Blades’ return to the Sky Bet Championship, with the South Yorkshire club’s quest for a new goalkeeper now a priority.
Speaking about Moore’s injury, Wilder said: “It’s too early to know exactly what the problem is or for how long he might be out but yes, it’s not good news.
“He’s telling us he can feel something at the back of his knee so we’ll just have to see.
“Simon is a brave lad so to see him stay down like that wasn’t good.
“We were looking to bring someone in there anyway.”
Moore was influential for the Blades in League One last season, playing a major role in helping Wilder end the club’s wait for a return to the Championship.
The goalkeeper signed permanently from Cardiff City in August, before making 43 appearances in League One and keeping 17 clean sheets for Wilder’s side.
Jake Eastwood replaced Moore in the friendly against Rotherham, but Wilder will be looking for a more experienced option heading into the new season.
The Blades face Brentford at Bramall Lane on the opening day of the Championship season.
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