Sunderland manager Jack Ross has confirmed that it will be two to three weeks until Duncan Watmore is back from injury, as reported on the club’s official channels.
He continued to state that the injuries were a source of frustration for both player and manager, though he insisted that the club must stick by the 25-year-old:
JR: It will be around another two to three weeks for Duncan. It’s a muscular injury. It’s frustrating for me and for him. We need to get him right to play and the support him through the challenges he faces. #SAFC pic.twitter.com/pWxokCG62h
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) September 12, 2019
This seems to have annoyed many of the club’s fans, who feel they have already been patient enough with Watmore through his injury struggles.
He has had two long layoffs since the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign, as per Transfermarkt, with various smaller niggling injuries following.
He has played once this season, coming on for the final 31 minutes of the 1-1 draw against Oxford United on the opening day, though he has been unavailable due to injury since then.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the update, including posts from disgruntled Sunderland fans, can be seen below:
He’s stealing a living
— Jamie Davison (@jamie_davison1) September 12, 2019
We have “supported him through the challenges he faces” for the last 3. It’s time to let him go yrs. The kid signed 5 yrs ago and has hardly played.
— jon (@Jonphillips7777) September 12, 2019
Just let it go
— Jon Ridley (@jonridley87) September 12, 2019
And then he will get another set back, goes round in circles. Release the thief
— W1ll_J_C (@Mr_Will_C) September 12, 2019
Cant believe we are still paying him wages tbh #safc so injury prone
— Chris F (@Christianfors23) September 12, 2019
Release the man. He had potential he no longer does. Get him off the wage bill. Save us some money.
— Owen Gould (@Owencg33) September 12, 2019
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