'Part and parcel' - John Egan refuses to blame Sheffield United's injury issues for disastrous Premier League season

John Egan, the Sheffield United defender, has refused to blame the Blades’ injury crises for their poor performances this season after they moved a step closer to relegation from the Premier League on Sunday evening.

By Danny Hall
Monday, 12th April 2021, 12:15 pm

Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Bramall Lane saw United slip 18 points adrift of fourth-bottom Newcastle United, with just seven games of the season remaining. So if the Magpies and Brighton pick up maximum points in their next game, and if United lose at Wolves, then the Blades will be all-but relegated because of their vastly inferior goal difference.

Egan is just one of a number of key Blades players to have suffered injury concerns this season, after missing a period of time with a toe injury before making his full return against the Gunners.

Jack O’Connell has missed almost the entire season with a knee injury while Chris Basham and Billy Sharp have also been absent of late, while Sander Berge is still recovering after damaging a hamstring against Manchester United in December.

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“It's always good to get through a game after being out for a while but that's the last thing on my mind,” Egan admitted.

“I wanted to come back and try and get a result and I'm very disappointed that we lost the game 3-0.

“Every footballer is the same, you hate watching games and you'd rather be in the thick of it. So it's horrible being injured and stuff but it comes with the territory, you have to support your teammates and try and help them through.

Enda Stevens, Lys Mousset and John Egan of Sheffield United walk off at the final whistle against Arsenal: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

“We've had a lot of injuries this season which has hampered us a bit but that's football, you have to get on with it and that's the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.

“You just have to get on with it and try and get results somehow. We've got seven games left now to try and turn something of a corner and get some momentum going into next season, because momentum and confidence are huge things in football.”

United were dealt another potential injury blow ahead of this weekend’s trip to Molineux when Oli McBurnie, their Scottish international striker, was withdrawn against Arsenal after taking a knock to his foot.