How Chris Wilder's players are being nursed through the coronavirus crisis

The measures Sheffield United have introduced to try and combat the threat posed by coronavirus have enabled their injured players, including Republic of Ireland international Enda Stevens, to continue receiving treatment.

Saturday, 21st March 2020, 9:00 am

Despite closing both Bramall Lane and the Steelphalt Academy training complex amid the growing crisis, members of Chris Wilder’s squad must still provide information on their health and well-being before being granted permission to meet with other staff members.

This means those carrying knocks - Stevens suffered a recurrence of a calf problem during the second-half of United’s win over Norwich City - are still able to visit the club’s conditioning and physiotherapy departments providing they pass the daily fitness checks.

The Star revealed last week how, before all competition in England was suspended to try and limit the spread of the respiratory disease, everyone associated with Wilder’s team must complete a form, installed on their mobile telephones, which is designed to highlight if they are displaying Covid-19 symptoms.

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Midfielders John Fleck and Oliver Norwood missed United’s recent FA Cup victory over Reading after being diagnosed with minor knocks but returned to face Daniel Farke’s side.

Arsenal, their opponents in the last eight of the competition, were recently forced to isolate numerous employees after head coach Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus.

United had climbed to seventh in the Premier League table - five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea - before the fixture programme was placed on hold until the end of next month at the earliest.

David McGoldrick, who recently returned from injury, celebrates his goal against Reading for Sheffield United in the FA Cup: Simon Bellis/Sportimage
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has put strict measures in place following the outbreak of coronavirus in this country: LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images
Muhamed Besic of Sheffield United and Chris Basham of Sheffield United celebrate another win: Robin Parker/Sportimage