Sheffield United fans may have seen last of Sander Berge as Arsenal-linked midfielder suffers injury relapse

Sheffield United may have seen the last of Sander Berge in a Sheffield United shirt after Paul Heckingbottom revealed that the Norwegian midfielder has picked up another injury and will not be risked for the remainder of the season.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 2:25 pm

Berge only returned earlier this month from a serious hamstring injury which required surgery, but reported a niggling issue after last weekend’s defeat to Crystal Palace.

Although the injury is not a recurrence of the hamstring issue, Heckingbottom says United’s former record signing will not be risked unnecessarily. So, with only three games left of the season, starting with Sunday’s trip to Everton, United may well have seen the last of Berge as a Blade.

The midfielder is widely expected to head the list of summer departures from Bramall Lane as United prepare for a return to the Championship, with Arsenal being privately informed of the price that United are asking for Berge’s services.

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Sander Berge is expected to leave Sheffield United this summer: Simon Bellis/ Sportimage

“We won’t take any risks with Sander,” Heckingbottom said.

“It’s nothing to do with his previous injury – that’s 100 per cent fine and we’re over the moon with that.

“He’s been out for so long and pushing himself to get back fit, so he’s picked up another niggle.

“If he is fit, then fine but at this stage of season and with where we are, and because he’s been out so long, we won’t risk him between now and the end of the season.”

Berge became United’s record signing when he arrived at Bramall Lane from Genk in a £22m deal last January. As The Star reported earlier this year, United will demand at least £35m for Berge this summer.