Sunderland have had plenty of success in the last few weeks and, other than a defeat to Portsmouth, they have made huge progress in their promotion bid.
A scrappy 1-0 win against Oxford showed they have the determination and spirit to win ugly and it was the defence that once again showed why Sunderland have been so good lately. The only downside from the match was the injury to Bailey Wright, who was forced off late on due to suspected damage to his ankle ligament.
Manager Phil Parkinson has been speaking about the injury, stating that “it doesn’t look good” for Wright, which will be very disappointing news for the defender given how much time out he has experienced due to fitness and injury issues.
The Black Cats’ boss expressed his disappointment but is also choosing to look on the bright side. Speaking to Sunderland’s official website, he said:
“Obviously it’s a bit early [to make an assessment] but it looks like quite a bad injury which is a blow, but Alim has come on and done well.”
“Bailey has been excellent for us but if he is out for a period, Alim comes in and there’s no problem with that at all.”
As mentioned, it is a big setback for the 27-year-old and supporters will likely feel a similar sentiment, having witnessed an impressive start to life at the Stadium of Light from the centre-back. It hasn’t taken long for Wright to win a place in the team and his effective organisation and reading of the game allowed him to improve an already useful defence.
He has played five games so far and the north-east outfit have kept a clean sheet in four of those, underlining just how solid he has been.
As a result, the club will desperately be hoping to have him back soon, though Alim Ozturk is an adequate replacement. The Turk has helped his side concede just five goals in his last 10 appearances which shows he is also dependable, though if Sunderland are to make the automatic promotion spots, they need to have as much quality available in their squad as possible.
The loss of Wright could therefore affect their chances of promotion and supporters will likely hope he is back sooner rather than later, particularly as it leaves Tom Flanagan as the only defensive cover.
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