WILL Hoskins could miss Sheffield United’s final two matches of the season through injury.
Hoskins, on-loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, last night hinted he is set to undergo surgery to cure the hernia problem which has hampered his progress at Bramall Lane of late.
If the striker’s worst fears are confirmed, it would represent a blow to United’s hopes of securing League One’s second automatic promotion spot behind newly crowned champions Charlton Athletic.
But The Star understands that the South Yorkshire club, who are a point ahead of third-placed Sheffield Wednesday in the rankings, will assess the situation when Danny Wilson’s squad report for duty at Shirecliffe this morning before a firm decision on Hoskins’ future is made.
Speaking after last weekend’s defeat at MK Dons, Wilson revealed the centre-forward’s fitness has been a cause for concern in recent weeks.
“Will has had a bit of a hernia problem and we’ve been having to nurse him through that,” the United manager said. “I think it showed towards the end of his display as well if I’m being honest.
“But that’s to be expected.”
With Richard Cresswell (shoulder) also rated as a doubt for Saturday’s televised fixture with Stevenage, United could have only three recognised marksmen at their disposal for a game set to exert huge influence over the remainder of the campaign.
Despite admitting his squad were “frustrated” by their result at stadium:mk, Wilson reminded the outcome of United’s battle with Wednesday “is still in our own hands”.