Phil Parkinson has confirmed that Joel Lynch is set to be available for Sunderland’s League One clash against Southend United, as reported on the club’s official Twitter account.
The 32-year-old had been forced off in the 55th minute of the Carabao Cup loss against Oxford United through injury, as per Transfermarkt, but has trained since then and been declared fine by his manager.
This will be a big boost for Parkinson and Sunderland, as they will likely be looking to have a settled backline and Lynch has started each of their last seven games across League One and the Carabao Cup, as per Transfermarkt.
In the league, the defender has averaged 0.8 tackles, 2.2 interceptions, 3.8 clearances and 0.8 blocks per game, as per WhoScored.
Sunderland can use all the defensive reinforcements they can get at the moment, with their clean sheet in the 5-0 win against Tranmere Rovers being their first in the league this season.
Having Lynch available will certainly be helpful for Parkinson as he looks to get a much-needed result against Southend.
The manager has won just one of his four games in charge of the club as things stand, so he will be looking for an immediate upturn in form, something he will be hoping Lynch can help achieve.
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