Phil Parkinson has revealed that Lynden Gooch will miss Sunderland’s match against Shrewsbury Town through injury, as reported by the club’s official channels.
The 23-year-old came off after 55 minutes of the Tranmere Rovers match with a twisted ankle, having previously scored the third goal of the 5-0 win, as per WhoScored.
Having played a part in Parkinson’s first win as manager of the Black Cats, he will now be forced to watch from the sidelines, though it has been said that the injury won’t keep him out for too long.
Losing Gooch will be a blow for Sunderland, with the 23-year-old having made 14 starts across League One and the Carabao Cup this season, scoring 4 goals.
He has also made an impact outside of that, making 0.8 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game, while he also works hard defensively, making 1.1 tackles on average.
There has also been an indication of how well he could work under Parkinson from the Tranmere game, as aside from his goal, he had one disallowed and showed good work rate by making 2 tackles and winning 1 aerial duel.
Having Gooch unavailable will be a blow for Parkinson, not just because of the Shrewsbury game, but also due to the fact that he will be looking to get the players used to what he wants from them on the pitch as quickly impossible.
The positive is that the 23-year-old shouldn’t be out for too long, so Parkinson will be able to reintroduce him back into the side quickly.
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