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Sheffield United's Lee Williamson in operation drama

Sheffield United midfielder Lee Williamson
It is not clear when Williamson will return to first-team duty

Sheffield United midfielder Lee Williamson almost died after suffering complications during an operation to cure a back problem three weeks ago.

The 28-year-old was placed on a life support machine for two days at an unnamed London hospital after he contracted an infection.

"He went for an operation on a bulging disc in the back," Blades boss Blackwell told Radio Sheffield.

"He was placed on life support. He's a very lucky lad to be alive."

Blackwell added: "It was something that came completely out of the blue. It's been a really tough time for the player.

Whether the complications that set in will affect his long-term recovery and the length of time he'll be out, I don't know

Kevin Blackwell

"Gemma, his wife, has been a real tower of strength for him and we have kept in touch."

Williamson, who has endured a number of injury problems since his move to Bramall Lane in the summer of 2009, is now on the road to recovery.

Having been restricted to 23 appearances last season, it is not clear when he will be ready to resume full training with the Blades.

"We are now in the hands of the specialists," added Blackwell. "Whether the complications that set in will affect his long-term recovery and the length of time he'll be out, I don't know.

"We were hoping that Lee would be back in October-November time, but after what's happened we are now in the lap of the gods to see when that is."



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