Sunderland would have been delighted to come away from Oxford with all three points on Saturday, particularly as they only had one shot on target.
However, it wasn’t all positives at the Kassam Stadium as Bailey Wright was forced off through injury late on though Alim Ozturk was at least available to take his place after missing four games previously. Wright has been a regular since the Turkish defender has been injured, and the Bristol City loanee has impressed so far, helping the Black Cats to four clean sheets in the five appearances he has made.
However, the risk with the Australia international was his injury worries, having only played in 15 league games for the Robins in the past 18 months.
Now, the Chronicle’s James Hunter has reported via Phil Parkinson that the 27-year-old has suffered an ankle ligament injury, and although it is not yet clear how serious the damage is, there is potential for it to be a bad one judging by Parkinson’s comment that “it doesn’t look good”.
Losing Wright would be a blow for Sunderland as much of their success recently has been built on a solid defence and fans have mostly taken that view in their reaction to the news, with one fan saying it is a ‘massive’ miss to lose the defender.
Shame, but seen enough of him to be offering him a contract in the summer if he comes back from it okay. Wizard of Oz to step back into the side, hopefully Lynch is getting closer to fitness for the bench
— Andrew Tonge (@tongey93) February 15, 2020
Will be a big miss, he’s been solid and we’ve looked solid with him in the side
— Simon Hetherington (@SimonJHeth) February 15, 2020
He’s made a real difference since he arrived, not a surprise the improvement we have seen at the back. Hope it’s not as bad as PP fears it is
— Jon Guy (@guysienet) February 15, 2020
Damn. He will be a massive miss.
— J Corbett (@jcorbett12) February 15, 2020
Well that’s promotion out the window
— Kieran ‘Brexiteer’ Richardson 🇬🇧 (@YoungTory1997) February 15, 2020
would be a big loss but if he is out for the season can we send him back to his parent club to save paying his wages?
— The Roker Roar (@theroker_roar) February 16, 2020
How big a blow is Wright’s injury Sunderland fans? Will the team be able to react to his loss and can Ozturk act as a more than adequate replacement? Let us know what you think!
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