Phil Parkinson has revealed that Lee Burge will be unavailable for “a couple of weeks”, as reported by Sunderland’s official channels.
The goalkeeper was brought off at half time after picking up a thigh strain during the first period of the 1-0 loss against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.
This will leave the 26-year-old on the sideline, alongside Lynden Gooch, for a matter of weeks, though it has been insisted that the injury is not of a serious nature.
This will come as a massive blow for Sunderland and Burge, as the goalkeeper had only just truly established himself as the club’s main goalkeeper ahead of Jon McLaughlin.
The 26-year-old was starting his third League One game in a row, having not been used outside of the cups at any other point in the campaign, as per WhoScored.
It will be argued by many that this promotion from understudy to the main man was deserved, especially after his performance in the Carabao Cup victory over Sheffield United, with some fans having felt aggrieved that it didn’t happen earlier.
After being so patient to get his chance, having to sit on the sidelines following his initial taste of first-team action will likely be very frustrating for Burge.
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