Sheffield United are without Ben Brereton Diaz for their big clash with Luton Town in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon due to a hamstring problem.
The Blades will see this as a must-win contest as even with a victory they will remain bottom of the table.
Chris Wilder’s team have won just two of their first 23 league games this season, conceding a mammoth 59 goals in that time.
Brereton Diaz has been a rare positive for them, joining on loan from Villarreal in January and scoring twice in his first three Premier League outings.
However, the Sheffield Star reports that the Chile international is not in the squad on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.
‘It’s a blow,’ said Wilder. ‘He had a tight hamstring, so we had that scanned, and he’s unavailable today. These things happen.’
Hatters boss Rob Edwards will be pleased Brereton Diaz has not made the trip to Kenilworth Road this weekend after talking up his talents before the game.
‘He’s (Brereton Diaz) made a big impact since he’s arrived, with goals and assists and a threat, so he’s certainly a player we’ve got to be ready for,’ said Edwards.
‘They’ve got good players, we’ll give them complete respect on that top line whichever way they go. McBurnie, Brereton Diaz, (James) McAtee finding those little pockets as well, very dangerous, a talented group of players.’
Things are going much better for Luton than the Blades, with the Hatters going into the weekend out of the relegation zone in 17th.
‘We’re enjoying ourselves at the minute, we really are,’ said Edwards. ‘We said from the first moment that we wanted to enjoy every single minute of being in the Premier League, life is about enjoying what you do.
‘Our fans have been through a lot but we are certainly giving it everything we can and enjoying some results as well as the good performances. We are well aware that this league and especially this level can kick you right back down at any moment, so we need to keep our foot down and keep giving everything right until the last moment of every single game. We are giving ourselves a chance.’
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