Lys Mousset suffers fresh injury blow on return for Sheffield United’s U23s against Nottingham Forest

Lys Mousset, the Sheffield United striker, suffered a fresh injury blow on his return to action for the Blades’ U23 side this evening.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 8:05 pm

The French striker has not played for United’s first team since the FA Cup win at Bristol Rovers on January 9 and was pencilled in to face Nottingham Forest’s U23s as he stepped up his recovery from a spate of recent niggling injuries.

But Mousset was withdrawn less than half an hour into the clash with Forest, after failing to shake off an ankle knock he picked up earlier in the game.

Mousset will now be assessed ahead of Sunday’s clash with the reigning Premier League champions Liverpool at Bramall Lane, but the latest setback is a blow for player, club and manager Chris Wilder, who recently issued an ultimatum to the former Bournemouth striker via the media.

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Lys Mousset has been absent for most of Sheffield United's games this season: Rui Vieira/Pool via Getty Images

“There’s two parts to Lys,” Wilder said. “There’s our part as a club in terms of getting to the bottom of the issues and there has to be a really big effort from the player, to push and participate.

“We’re not chucking him under the bus. He knows how we view him and that we like him. But Lys needs a big second half of the season. I want it to happen but he has got to want it to happen as well.

“There are things that he can do better.”

Mousset is rated highly by Wilder and his coaching staff, who have nonetheless become increasingly exasperated with the striker after a spate of injuries and off-field incidents. His Lamborghini supercar was involved in a late-night collision with parked cars recently and two men in their 20s were arrested on suspicion of being "over the prescribed limit"