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‘Not in my plans’ – Slavisa Jokanovic’s Jack O’Connell’s big update after new Sheffield United manager meets the media at Bramall Lane UK News

Jack O’Connell missed all but two Sheffield United games last season as Blades fell: Simon Bellis / Sportimage

The 27-year-old hasn’t played since the start of last season, when he was forced to go under the knife to correct a long-standing knee problem. Without one of their key, if not the most influential players, United struggled last season and were relegated to the league after two top-flight seasons.

Former United manager Chris Wilder initially expected the defender to be back available in April but suffered a setback in his rehabilitation.

And Jokanović, speaking to the media at a closed-door event in Bramall Lane this evening after officially starting work at his new club yesterday, said: “Jack is back from New York.

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“From the medical department, I have no feedback that he will be ready to start working with me soon.

“At the moment, he’s not in my plans. I don’t expect him to be available for this preseason… it’s not the feedback I’m getting from the medical department.

The Scouse defender spent time in the United States this summer after working hard with a personal trainer in Dubai, pictured beating the boxing pads and being in remarkable physical shape. O’Connell has already undergone intensive high-altitude training sessions in an attempt to speed up his comeback – which can’t happen soon enough for Blades fans.

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