A groin injury kept Irish striker David McGoldrick out of Sheffield United’s victory over Everton on Saturday, manager Chris Wilder revealed after the game.
The Blades picked up a tremendous away win against Marco Silva’s side but they were without McGoldrick who tweaked his groin in training on Thursday.
McGoldrick has started four games at the start of the season, coming off the bench in one, but is still yet to find the net in the Premier League.
Speaking to BBC Sheffield after the game, Wilder outlined that McGoldrick had been working hard on his finishing in training this week but suffered a groin injury in the process.
The Sheffield United manager did not put a timeframe on his return but outlined that he would definitely miss their upcoming Carabao Cup game against Sunderland and may also be a doubt for next weekend’s clash with league leaders Liverpool.
“It’s bittersweet, isn’t it?” said Wilder.
“He [McGoldrick] is out there finishing, doing a little bit extra, which we asked all the players to do to raise their game and improve their skills. Then he tweaks his groin.
“He’s obviously going to be out for the midweek game [against Sunderland] and then we’ll see how he rocks up for the Liverpool game.
The news of McGoldrick’s injury is a worrying one for Irish fans given how vital the striker has become to the national team since Mick McCarthy’s appointment.
The 31-year-old scored his first international goal against Switzerland grabbing a crucial equaliser as Ireland snatched a point at the Aviva.
The Boys in Green face two hugely important qualifiers in three weeks time when they take on Switzerland once again, away from home this time, as well as Georgia in Tbilisi.
McGoldrick’s movement and hold-up play has been a key part of Ireland’s play since he became the number nine and he would be a huge miss should he fail to recover from his injury in time.