While they were able to beat Gillingham 4-2 at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, Sunderland’s form has been patchy in recent weeks.
And that will not be helped by the absence of Chris Maguire, who broke his leg in the Black Cats’ midweek victory, something which manager Jack Ross has recently been speaking about.
“It’s a blow for us and a blow for him as well. He’s been important for us over the course of the season in terms of goals and assists,” Ross told The Northern Echo.
“Over the last game and a bit he was back at those levels that made him so productive for us earlier in the season so it’s another thing for us to deal with but it’s just what happens over the course of the season.”
Maguire’s injury, which is expected to keep out of action for two months, comes after Josh Maja’s departure to Bordeaux in another huge setback in Sunderland’s bid for Championship promotion.
That being said, Ross still has a very capable squad. Considering that and, after such a strong start to the season, it would be a catastrophe if Sunderland still found themselves as League 1 club come the end of the campaign.
Ross has been dealt a bad hand of late, but he must now get by with what he has got and make it work.