Tuesday 17 September 2019

'I'll be absolutely fine' - Ireland's Callum Robinson allays injury fears following Sheffield United victory

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder celebrates with Callum Robinson after the match
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder celebrates with Callum Robinson after the match

David Sneyd

CALLUM ROBINSON has allayed any fears of a prolonged period out of action by declaring he is fit and raring to go for Sheffield United's next Premier League test.

And the forward is determined to find his scoring boots in time to force his way into Mick McCarthy's team for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland next month.

The £7 million summer signing from Preston North End provided a scare for club and country when left the pitch grimacing in the 56th minute of the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane.

And, while it appeared to be a serious injury as he limped straight down the tunnel following a seemingly frank exchange of views with manager Chris Wilder, Robinson insists it was simply all the extra hard work he was doing which caught up with him.

"It was just fatigue, I'll be absolutely fine. I felt a bit of tightness with the hamstring and around my hips. It was all down to the extra running and work I was doing all game," Robinson quipped. "I'll definitely be back for the next game, absolutely."

"That was some real hard work out there but I knew I had to come off because it wasn't right. It was disappointing for me because it was really good out there, it was such a great buzz to be a part of this special occasion for everyone at the club."

United made their Premier League comeback after 12 years away to Bournemouth last week, snatching a draw at the death, but they got their season up and running properly with this victory in front of their own supporters.

Robinson added: "This is a new adventure. The fans were amazing, they were so loud and the noise was incredible. I wanted to carry on and play for them but I had to come off. I wanted to play as much as I can because the Premier League is where I want to be.

"This is an amazing football club and this team has proved that we can win in this league now. We got a going point away from home but this win will send out a message that we belong here, definitely."

Robinson's energy and neat interplay with countryman David McGoldrick provided a spark in the Blades attack and the Bramall Lane crowd fed off their chemistry too.

All that was missing for both forwards was a goal, however, with McGoldrick spurning a glorious opportunity form six yards and Robinson snatching at a shot following a sharp counter attack.

Leicester are the visitors on Saturday, followed by EFL Cup action at home to Blackburn Rovers before ending the month away to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"I can't wait for all these games. Hopefully I will be in good form for Ireland next month because there's an exciting time coming up. Hopefully the goals will come soon but it's not something I'm worried about."

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