Will Sheffield United revive deal for Southend's Leonard after Coutts injury?

Paul Coutts of Sheffield Utd is carried from the field after picking up an injury during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Sheffield United at Pirelli Stadium on...

After a season ending injury to Paul Coutts will Sheffield United revive interest in Southend's Ryan Leonard?

Billy Sharp of Sheffield United celebrates scoring his second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Sheffield United at Pirelli Stadium on November 17, 2017...Billy Sharp of Sheffield United celebrates scoring his second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Burton Albion.

Despite briefly going to the top of the Championship after winning Burton Albion, before Wolverhampton Wanderers moved back into first the following day, it was not all good news for Sheffield United in their last outing.

That is because Paul Coutts was stretchered off the pitch with what later turned out to be a broken leg which the BBC reports will keep the midfielder out of action for the rest of the season.

Lucas Akins of Burton tackles Paul Coutts of Sheffield Utd during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Sheffield United at Pirelli Stadium on November 17, 2017 in...Lucas Akins of Burton tackles Paul Coutts of Sheffield Utd during the Sky Bet Championship match.

Until that point Coutts had been a key part of Chris Wilder's team, missing just one league match due to suspension this season and the loss of the 29-year-old is a major blow for the manager.

It means that Wilder may need to delve into the transfer market when the window reopens in January to recruit in the middle of the park to make up for the deficit.

Which begs the question whether the Blades will revive their interest in Southend United captain Ryan Leonard - a player the South Yorkshire club tried to sign on several occasions over the summer.

Ryan Leonard of Southend United contests the ball with Chris Long of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on...Ryan Leonard of Southend United contests the ball with Chris Long of Northampton Town during the Sky Bet League One match.

As the Independent reported in July, a £500,000 offer from Bramall Lane was rejected by the Shrimpers despite Leonard being in the final year of his contract. The 25-year-old then submitted a transfer request to force the move, before withdrawing it, and has been impressive for Essex outfit since being told he cannot leave.

However, despite the strong stance from the hierarchy at Roots Hall the fact remains that they face losing one of their best players for free next summer unless they take some cash for him in the New Year. Could United test their resolve again?

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