‘It’s really bad news’: Sheffield United defender Jack O’Connell will likely miss the rest of the season
‘It’s really bad news from our point of view’: Sheffield United star defender Jack O’Connell will likely miss the rest of the season as Chris Wilder loses key figure after just two Premier League games
- Jack O’Connell will likely miss the rest of the season with a serious knee problem
- Chris Wilder confirmed the news ahead of The Blades’ match against Leeds United
- O’Connell played in both of United’s games this season, but his injury flared up
- The 26-year-old played 33 times for Wilder last season, finishing 9th
Jack O’Connell is expected to miss the rest of the season as he needs knee surgery.
The Sheffield United defender was released from the Blades’ Yorkshire Derby on Sunday with Leeds United and manager Chris Wilder revealed the center-back will be out for an extended period.
O’Connell has been suffering from the knee problem for about a year and the 26-year-old missed a cluster of matches in Sheffield United’s promotional campaign and just after the coronavirus hiatus earlier this year with the injury.
Sheffield United defender Jack O’Connell will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury
The 26-year-old played in United’s first two Premier League games of the season
Prior to meeting Bramall Lane, Wilder said, “From our point of view, it’s really bad news. Jack may be out for the rest of the season.
‘He needs surgery on a knee he injured last year. He’s been trying to come back, we got it scanned and he was a big part of the back three who did a great job last season.
‘We have to get used to it pretty quickly, but it’s just more bad news for Jack as he has established himself well in the Premier League last year.
“He had a fantastic season and it’s a huge blow for him and for us to be out for the rest of the season.”
Chris Wilder confirmed the devastating blow just before The Blades’ game with Leeds United
O’Connell played 33 times in the Premier League last season when Sheffield United finished ninth
The 26-year-old played 33 times for the Blades as they stunned the Premier League, finishing in ninth place after being 12 years away from the top flight.
The injury came at a bad time for Wilder’s side as John Egan missed the game in Leeds due to a suspension in their defeat to Aston Villa on Monday.
Chris Basham, Jack Robinson and debutant Ethan Ampadu started the game in Leeds from a three-point deficit, with the latter making his first Premier League start after moving from Chelsea earlier this year.
The Blades also centered on Phil Jagielka, Kean Bryan and Kyron Gordon at the club.