John Fleck injury update: Sheffield United midfielder sustains second fracture in a year

John Fleck’s injury frustration has continued after the Sheffield United midfielder was forced to undergo another operation after fracturing his leg for the second time in a year.

Before sustaining a second fracture in a preseason match against Girona, Fleck sustained a similar injury in August of last year, which required surgery but fully recovered.

The Scottish international’s prior injury forced him to miss two months of Sheffield’s promotion campaign. This is a major setback for Sheffield as they attempt to get off to a good start in the Premier League this time around.

At Manchester City’s Etihad Campus training facility, Fleck hobbled off early in Sheffield’s preseason match against Girona. Manager Paul Heckingbottom later disclosed that the 31-year-old had now undergone another procedure.

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Against Girona, he received another tackle and sustained a new fracture. “His previous fracture was all healed brilliantly,” Heckingbottom remarked. On the newly fractured bone, the old plate has been taken out and replaced.

“The problem last time was that he played on with it. You know what Flecky is like; he played on in the game and tried to carry on with it. He didn’t want the operation but had a couple of kicks on it still, which slowed the healing down and he eventually went in for the operation weeks later.

“Having the X-ray we know that it has 10 per cent healed so it wasn’t even a choice for him this time. We couldn’t afford the same thing, so he went straight in to get a plate on it.”

The recent injury news is a major setback for Fleck, who signed a one-year contract with Bramall Lane earlier this summer. This is especially true given that teammate Sander Berge is close to joining Burnley and that Ollie Norwood missed some preseason action with a facial injury.