Lynden Gooch has suffered an injury setback and is now likely to be out for Sunderland for ‘a few weeks’.
The Lowdown: Was in contention
Tony Mowbray confirmed before last weekend’s 4-2 loss at home to Burnley in the Championship that Gooch was in contention to return for the game.
He came off at half-time with a foot injury in their previous match against Blackburn Rovers, and has since been in training to try and speed up his recovery.
The Latest: Few weeks out
Speaking to the media in is pre-game press conference ahead of their match away ay Luton Town on Saturday afternoon, Mowbray has confirmed that Gooch is now likely to be out for ‘a few weeks’, after previously hoping that he could make his return against Burnley.
He added that the Wearside club ‘hope’ that they can have him back during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where there is a chance that he could be picked for the USA, having earned four senior caps for the national team previously.
The Verdict: Big blow
The fact that Gooch has now been ruled out of action at the Stadium of Light until after the World Cup is a big blow for Mowbray and his side.
He had previously played in every game in the Championship before his injury, notching up a goal and an assist and ranking highly among his team-mates for average tackles, clearances, dribbles, passes, crosses, long balls and through balls per match (WhoScored).
Nonetheless, the 26-year-old is a key player for the Black Cats, and will no doubt be missed against Luton and in their next set of fixtures.
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