Anxious wait for Sheffield United as striker injury is assessed

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Oliver Burke will be assessed by Sheffield United’s medical staff over the weekend, as they attempt to discover if the injury he sustained on international duty with Scotland will force him to miss next Saturday’s crucial Premier League game against Fulham.

Burke was forced to withdraw from the forthcoming Nations League ties against Slovakia and the Czech Republic after suffering an unspecified fitness set back ahead of tonight’s European Championship play-off with Israel.

Steve Clarke, the Scotland manager, explained the decision had been taken to “protect” the individuals concerned despite the problems it caused ahead of the Israeli’s visit. Sheffield Wednesday’s Liam Palmer and Scott McKenna of Nottingham Forest also returned to England late yesterday evening, while Ryan Christie, Kieran Tierney and Stuart Armstrong have been ordered to self-isolate after the Southampton player failed a UEFA Covid-19 test. Christie had earlier received the all-clear after reporting for duty at Scotland’s Oriam training centre, where United based themselves during pre-season.

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Although Burke was not identified as one of Christie’s close contacts, unlike Armstrong, Tierney, a physiotherapist and masseur, he is likely to be vetted by United’s own screening programme before being granted permission to be examined by their conditioners and club physician.

After arriving at Bramall Lane from West Bromwich Albion last month, as part of the deal which took Callum Robinson to The Hawthorns, Burke has started three of United’s four matches since they returned to competitive action – emerging as Chris Wilder’s first-choice partner for Republic of Ireland international David McGoldrick.

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