Sheffield United have been dealt a potential blow regarding Robin Olsen ahead of their upcoming Championship clash.
In recent comments cited by The Star, Slavisa Jokanovic revealed that the on-loan AS Roma goalkeeper is unlikely to be available for the Blades’ fixture against Peterborough United on Saturday following the 31-year-old’s return from international duty with Sweden.
The 53-year-old claimed that he is yet to work with the shot-stopper in training, and that rules regarding the ongoing global pandemic and Brexit make it uncertain as to whether Olsen will be available for selection today.
Jokanovic said: “We have not had the opportunity to start working with Robin – new rules, [the pandemic], Brexit I cannot give you answer if I can use him immediately, I may have to wait a bit more before I can use him.”
With Jokanovic undoubtedly being desperate for Sheffield United to pick up their first win of the 2021/22 Championship campaign against Peterborough on Saturday, the Serbian is bound to be gutted that he will not be able to call upon Olsen for the visit of Posh.
Indeed, following the sale of Aaron Ramsdale, neither Wes Foderingham nor Michael Verrips have exactly demonstrated that they would be capable of being the club’s number one this season, with the 30-year-old conceding more goals than he made saves in the 2-1 loss to Huddersfield Town and the Dutchman making an error which led to one of the four goals he conceded against West Bromwich Albion.
As such, it would very much seem as if United could use a pair of safe hands between the sticks going forwards, but with Olsen highly unlikely to be available against Posh, Jokanovic may well have to make do with either Foderingham or Verrips for one more game.