Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp 'gutted' after KO for rest of 2020-21

SHEFFIELD UNITED captain Billy Sharp is to miss the rest of the 2020-21 season following an operation.

Billy Sharp. Picture: PA

The 35-year-old striker, who had not been involved in the Blades' last three matches, has undergone surgery on a thigh injury sustained in training.

Sharp said in an Instagram post on Wednesday: "Always gutting to miss games so to be ruled out for the remainder of the season hurts.

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"Sadly the injury was worse than I'd hoped but operation went well and will be back stronger next season to get my 250th goal in front of a packed Bramall Lane."

Sharp scored the 249th goal of his professional career in a 1-0 FA Cup win over Bristol City in February.

He has netted 98 times for the Blades since rejoining them in 2015 for a third spell with the club.

Two more of United's promotion heroes of 2018-19 are out of action in Chris Basham and Jack O'Connell, while record signing Sander Berge has been sidelined since December with a hamstring issue.