Jack Robinson injury will test out Sheffield United's attitude to risk-reward policy

Sheffield United's review of this season's injury problems has decided they need to strike a better balance between risk and reward – and captain Jack Robinson could provide an early test of it.

The central defender has probably been the Blades' player of the season, and has worn the captain's armband since the second half of the 6-0 defeat at home to Arsenal.

Robinson has been involved in every Premier League game this season bar the trip to Chelsea, which he missed through suspension.

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But he is a doubt for Saturday's game at Brentford with an ankle injury picked up in the reverse game against the Blues on Sunday.

DOUBT: Sheffield United captain Jack Robinson goes off injured against ChelseaDOUBT: Sheffield United captain Jack Robinson goes off injured against Chelsea
DOUBT: Sheffield United captain Jack Robinson goes off injured against Chelsea

"One of the things we have had a look at in review and reflection is the risk and reward policy so we have to make sensible decisions," said Wilder, whose side have been badly hit by injuries this season.

"Short-term regarding Jack, if that's not a sensible decision I don't want to risk that for the longer-term.

"We'll give him every chance to be involved at the weekend but he rolled his ankle so we need to get that swelling down and hopefully get him back out on the grass. It's going to be a late decision but hopefully we'll get Jack back.

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"I think everyone knows what we think about him at the football club, the supporters (too). He's a great character and a warrior so he'll want play, we'll want him to play, we've just got to make sure we don't risk him that if he does play, he's out for the remaining part of the season because there's still a few games to club."

Although relegation is all but confirmed with a nine-point gap to safety and only seven points to safety, but they have drawn three of the last four matches with some much more positive performances.

"We're on a roll aren't we? Unbeaten in one!" joked Wilder.

"The performances have been good, the attitudes have been good, even in defeat at Liverpool and we want to keep that going.

"We want to produce another big performance. We've had to produce big performances in all those games – Bournemouth, Fulham at home, Liverpool away and Chelsea at home – so we'll need that type of performance to give us any opportunity to get a result at Brentford."

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