Lee Johnson has revealed that Josh Scowen could be out injured for up to seven weeks in what is “bad news” for Sunderland.
The former boss of Bristol City was speaking after his team managed to earn a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light versus AFC Wimbledon in the EFL League One game on Tuesday night despite having a number of key players out for the clash.
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One of the players to miss out was Scowen, and it has now been confirmed by Johnson that he will be out for the entirety of the festive period in what is a hammer blow for the Black Cats.
Scowen a big loss for Sunderland
The central midfield man has been a key feature in the team for SAFC throughout the whole 2020/21 term so far, playing in 17 games in all competitions with the match against Wimbledon the first one that he has missed in the league since the opening day of the season (Transfermarkt).
With the very busy Christmas schedule coming up, Johnson would have wanted as many of his players available as possible, but he will now have to deal with losing one of his best assets.
The 27 year-old wins 3.2 of his duels on average a game in the league, and also averages 1.5 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.3 tackles per match (Sofascore), highlighting his all-round ability both in an attacking and defending sense.
Sunderland will now have to find a away to win without the Englishman in their side.
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