Sheffield United have confirmed that John Egan has sustained "a serious foot/leg injury" after he was stretchered off late on in the club's Premier League defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium. 

In his attempt to block a shot from the Hammers' Jesse Lingard, the Corkman left the field in a leg brace. The injury will be a further blow to the Blades who are firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League following their 3-0 loss in East London.

Afterwards United boss Chris Wilder said: "It didn't look too good with the stretcher. He's on crutches now and that caps a miserable night for us.

Sheffield United tweeted: "John Egan appears to have sustained a serious foot/leg injury. Get well soon, John." The player will be further assessed by club staff on Tuesday's.

Egan's departure won't be music to Stephen Kenny's ears as the Republic of Ireland gear up for their opening World Cup 2022 qualifier against Serbia on 24 March.

The 28-year-old would be central to Kenny's plan as he strives for a first competitive win as Irish boss.