The reason behind Sheffield United goalkeeper Simon Moore's absence is revealed

Simon Moore, the Sheffield United goalkeeper, missed his team’s win over Brighton and Hove Albion through injury after damaging a muscle during training.

Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 12:34 pm

Moore had been scheduled to deputise for Dean Henderson at the AMEX Stadium, but “tweaked” his groin on Thursday according to a source.

He was replaced on the bench by Michael Verrips, who joined United from KV Mechelen during the close season.

As The Star revealed earlier this year, the Belgian club has lodged a complaint with FIFA claiming the player “unilaterally” cancelled his contract before moving to England.

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Simon Moore was missing from the bench for Saturday's win over Brighton: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Officials at both the world governing body and the AFAS-stadion Achter de Kazerne have confirmed there is no suggestion United, who consulted their lawyers before processing Verrips’ registration, acted unlawfully.

Moore is scheduled to be assessed by Bramall Lane’s medical department pending a decision on his potential involvement against Watford on Boxing Day.

If he is declared unfit, then Verrips, aged 23, is expected to continue in his absence.

The Dutch youngster was also named among the substitutes when Moore stepped-in for the ineligible Dean Henderson against Manchester United earlier this term.

Born in Holland, Verrips began his senior career with FC Twente and Sparta Rotterdam before eventually signing a four year contract with United.

He has represented the Netherlands at both under-19 and under-20 level since turning professional in 2014.

Verrips argued Mechelen’s involvement in a match-fixing scandal rendered his agreement there null and void.