Sheffield United’s chances of staying in the Premier League were dealt a blow on Monday night when they lost 3-0 to West Ham.

The Blades have been in decent form recently, even though they remain bottom of the league table. However, they weren’t at the races against the London club, and were deservedly beaten.

One man who could have made a difference to United’s performance on the night is John Fleck. However, the Scottish midfielder missed the game due to an illness.

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder explained the circumstances behind the influential 29-year-old’s absence from the game.

“You just shake your head”

“The John Fleck one, I got a call first thing Saturday morning that John’s had to go to hospital, he’s been rushed in and having tests, and you just shake your head” he said (The Star).

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John Fleck in action for Sheffield United (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“I’ve said about John’s performances, he’s been excellent recently and found a rhythm and performance. So for that to happen is just head-scratching really” Wilder disclosed.

Performed well in recent games

Wilder and all at the club will be hoping that Fleck is back sooner than later. If United are to have any chance of staying up then the Scotland international will play an important role. He has performed very well in their upturn in form, which has seen the Blades reach the FA Cup quarter-final.

John Fleck missed Sheffield United’s trip to West Ham (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

First and foremost though, all at Sheffield United will be hoping that Fleck’s illness is not a serious one. Particularly in these Covid-19 related times, the last thing anyone wants is another player to have that illness. Hopefully Fleck does not have that, and will be back in the Sheffield United side soon.

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