Sheffield United’s walking wounded, and expected return dates, in pictures as defender ‘goes under knife’ on injury

When the full-time whistle sounded at the Cardiff City Stadium last time out and most eyes turned towards the World Cup in Qatar, Sheffield United instead switched their focus towards their walking wounded clogging up the treatment room at Bramall Lane.

As many as 11 senior stars are currently sidelined but United, who went into the World Cup break second in the Championship table, may be set for a few injury boosts when the league season resumes this weekend, with Paul Heckingbottom’s men hosting struggling Huddersfield Town in South Yorkshire.

According to national newspaper reports this week, Rhys Norrington-Davies has been forced to undergo surgery on his damaged hamstring which, if confirmed, would keep him out until after the new year.

But a number of key men have returned to training over the World Cup break with, it’s hoped, some more not too far behind. So we had a look at the list of current injuries and, where known, the timescales on their possible returns…