Sheffield news United facing 'unimaginable' team selection problem for Liverpool PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Blades have been dealt another injury blow to one of their star players to add to a catalogue of team selection issues this season
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It doesn't bare thinking about, but Chris Wilder's teamsheet for the visit of champions Liverpool next week could feature a defence without Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O'Connell. The thought of those three missing all at once from a Sheffield United line-up would have been unimaginable to many Blades followers, with the trio being the defensive rock behind's United's success in recent years. But that is the very real possibility now facing the manager ahead of the clash with Jurgen Klopp's men. Chris Basham's second half injury to his hamstring against Fulham last night puts him at serious risk of a spell on the sidelines. Wilder said it was too early to give a proper diagnosis and they will have to monitor the 32-year-old this week. However, he admits the nature of the injury means he is likely to miss Sunday's match. "Basham has done his hamstring, the fittest kid in the club by a million miles," Wilder said. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now "Top professional, looks after his body. Played how many games over the last three or four years and does his hamstring.
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. I think there are only two or three players who haven't had injuries this season, which is just incredible. "We've conditioned the players in a manner over two or three years where they are tough, hardened and don't really pick up soft tissue injuries. "Bash has over-stretched and it's really disappointing to see him come off the pitch. "We will wait and see, but I would be very surprised if he was available next week."
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Egan was ruled out for eight weeks after dislocating his toe in the 3-0 defeat to West Ham, while Jack O'Connell has returned to training following his knee surgery earlier in the season, but is still a long way off being able to return to action. Wilder has so far started with 11 different back three combinations and may have to find a 12th on Sunday. Alternatively, he could break from his traditional 3-5-2 system and play a four at the back, but either way neither are the scenario a manager bottom of the league and with the champions in town would like to be facing.
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