Nigel Clough believes Leeds loanee Aidy White could be sidelined for a month, having limped out of the Boxing Day draw with Oldham Athletic at Bramall Lane with an ankle injury.
The versatile left-sided operator was replaced in the ninth minute by Jamie Murphy and afterwards Clough revealed the extent of the problem and the impact it could have on prolonging White's stay with the Blades:
"Aidy (White) has got a nasty strain to the top of his ankle. It was nothing intentional, but we are looking at losing him for somewhere between two to four weeks.
"It obviously affects us renewing his loan, which was up on the 1st January. He will probably return to Leeds for treatment now and we will revisit the situation once he is fit before the end of the transfer window."
Meanwhile, the Blades boss was keen to heap further praise on Thursday's goalscorer, who took his tally to three goals in his last four matches, with a stunning second-half goal against his previous club: "It was a fantastic goal, such a pure strike. Jose (Baxter) concentrated on striking the ball cleanly and it was going in from the moment it left his boot.
"We need to get Jose on the ball, that is why we played him from the right, because Oldham blocked the space just behind Chris (Porter).
"It doesn't matter where he is on the pitch, he has the quality to make things happen when in possession and hurt teams.
"But we also have got him working hard for the team and contributing in other areas too, which is crucial in our position."
Finally, Clough admitted he could tinker with his starting XI, for Sunday's clash with Ronnie Moore's Tranmere Rovers, adding:
"We will assess the lads in the next 24-48 hours and ponder whether to make a change or two. We have a few options, not too many, but enough to freshen it up if necessary."