Ivo Grbic situation sums up Sheffield United's fortunes ahead of crunch Luton Town clash

SIGNED FOR KEEPS: Sheffield United bought goalkeeper Ivo Grbic in JanuarySIGNED FOR KEEPS: Sheffield United bought goalkeeper Ivo Grbic in January
SIGNED FOR KEEPS: Sheffield United bought goalkeeper Ivo Grbic in January

Ivo Grbic is set to miss Saturday's trip to Luton Town, Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has revealed, as part of the concussion protocols following his bang to the head on his Premier League debut last week. The Croatian goalkeeper was withdrawn as a precaution after being struck by Jean-Philippe Mateta and missed the 5-0 hammering by Aston Villa at the weekend as a result.

Wes Foderingham, soon after being stripped of the gloves, deputised for the former Atletico Madrid man and looks set to keep his place at Kenilworth Road after Wilder reported that Grbic will be ruled out of action until Sunday as part of the protocols designed to protect players deemed to have suffered concussion in the line of duty.

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"He misses out by one day, which seems to be the way things are going at the moment," said Wilder when asked about his goalkeeper. "We have to deal with that. It's a miss for us of course but whoever plays in goal will come in and do a good job for us.

"We've got some bumps and bruises but our record with injuries has been pretty decent recently. We'll assess and we'll be positive whatever group we take down the road, we'll have enough experience, quality, ambition and togetherness to be competitive and hopefully get a result."

Wilder must decide whether to keep faith with new signing Mason Holgate, who had a debut to forget against Villa after signing on loan from Everton, or revert back to a back four against their fellow strugglers Luton, who will be keen to hammer another nail into the coffin of a relegation rival and boost their own hopes of surviving in the Premier League after being promoted alongside the Blades last season.

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