Jack Ross has backed Duncan Watmore to make an impact for Sunderland, despite the forward’s struggles with injury, as reported by The Chronicle.
Having recovered from two serious injuries, the former England U21 international has been hit by various smaller issues, which has been the case again.
Ross said it could be “six, seven weeks” into the season until the 25-year-old is available for selection again.
Having sustained a thigh injury in Sunderland’s final pre-season friendly, Watmore came on for the final 31 minutes of Sunderland’s 1-1 draw against Oxford United on the opening day, but has not been available since, as per Transfermarkt.
The 25-year-old had been set to make a return in the 3-1 win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup, but had an injury setback the day before the tie took place.
He struggled last season as well, starting eight games, coming off the bench nine times and completing the full 90 minutes just once in all competitions.
There will be various reasons Watmore wants to get back to full fitness and make an impact for Sunderland, but one that will come about as a consequence of his current situation is that his contract comes to an end at this season’s culmination.
It will be incredibly frustrating for both the player and manager, that Watmore has been unable to get himself in a position to play for Sunderland, over an extended period of time.
Ross and Watmore will be hoping he is able to get back on the pitch in red and white soon, with Sunderland needing all the firepower they can get to go up and the 25-year-old requiring a new contract, which he might not get if he cannot prove his fitness.
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