Sheffield United have been handed a boost regarding the fitness of Sander Berge ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture.
In recent comments cited by Yorkshire Live, Slavisa Jokanovic revealed that he is hopeful the midfielder will be available for selection for the trip to Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening, with the 23-year-old having missed both the Blades’ Carabao Cup defeat to Southampton last week, as well as Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Derby County due to a hamstring injury.
Speaking about the current condition of the Norway international, the 53-year-old manager said: “He could be available for some of these next two games.
“I don’t believe it is something that has happened before. His injury history is not so short, so we must care about him and have some sort of guarantee that he is in a safe situation and an easier way to participate for us.
“We cannot force him or take some big risk, we are not in that stage of the season where we need to go in this type of direction.”
While it is clear that Jokanovic does not want to rush Berge back into first-team action at the risk of aggravating the midfielder’s injury, considering how important a part of the Sheffield United side the 23-year-old is, the fact he looks to be available if required for the trip to Middlesbrough is sure to have left the Serbian manager buzzing.
Indeed, over his six Championship appearances for the Blades so far this season, the £16.2m-rated man has scored one goal, as well as making an average of 1.3 key passes, 0.3 interceptions, one tackle, 0.3 clearances and winning 5.3 duels per game.
As such, the availability of Berge will undoubtedly provide Jokanovic’s chances of picking up a positive result at Riverside with a considerable boost, something that will certainly delight the Blades boss.