Sunderland were hit with a frustrating injury update to defender Bailey Wright, who was forced off with a problem late into their recent win over Oxford United.
Wright has been a regular in Phil Parkinson’s side since arriving from Bristol City, and would have been hoping that he could continue to play his part in their bid to finish inside the top-six.
But that doesn’t seem as though it’ll be the case anytime soon, with the Sunderland boss confirming to the club’s official website that Wright’s injury ‘doesn’t look good’.
“It doesn’t look good, that’s all I can say. Bailey has been excellent for us but if he is out for a period, Alim (Ozturk) comes in and there’s no problem with that at all.”
In our latest FLW Spotlight, we look into Wright’s performances from this season with Sunderland in more detail, and analyse how big of a blow his injury is going to be to the Black Cats’ promotion bid this term.
Wright has been a regular in the Sunderland starting XI since he arrived on loan from Championship side Bristol City, playing in 476 minutes of action so far for the League One promotion hopefuls.
He has formed an impressive partnership with Joel Lynch and Jordan Willis in the defensive-three for Sunderland, as they have kept four clean sheets in his five appearances so far.
Wright has shown that he’s comfortable in possession of the ball in his time with the club to date, with the defender attempting 153 passes in total, with the 27-year-old being successful with 78.4% of those.
But he has been busy when not on the ball, as he has made 31 interceptions in the five games that he has played in for Phil Parkinson’s side.
However, there is room for improvement for Wright as the season progresses, as he has only won half of his aerial duels with Sunderland this season.
Add to that with the fact that he has lost the ball in his own half on 21 occasions, which show that he’s not ‘the finished article’ yet with Sunderland.
But the early stages of his time with the Black Cats are promising, and the Stadium of Light faithful will be hoping that he can return to action at the earliest of opportunities to play his part in their promotion bid in League One this season.
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