John Fleck has been hailed by Scotland manager Steve Clarke after his return to the national team following the Sheffield United man’s broken back.

The midfielder has endured a tough season on the domestic front alongside the rest of his Sheffield United teammates, currently bottom of the Premier League and without a manager after influential boss Chris Wilder departed earlier this month.


Fleck has played most weeks for Sheffield United.  (Photo by TIM KEETON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Fleck has suffered a horror injury too, breaking his back during Scotland’s match with Slovakia in October. He remarkably returned just over a month later against West Ham United and has played 22 Premier League matches overall this season.

Scots boss Clarke has been impressed (Sky Sports): “It’s been a difficult season for everybody at Sheffield United. Unfortunately Chris Wilder lost his job recently which is never nice. John’s a player I like. I’ve had him in the squad before, he actually picked up a very serious injury playing for us in October against Slovakia.

“I believe it was a broken back, which sounds bad, and he was out for a long time. It’s taken him a little bit of time to find his feet. Recent performances have been good, and he deserves his place in the squad.”

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