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Alex Neil clears up Carl Winchester’s current situation at Sunderland after Rotherham clash

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Sunderland manager Alex Neil has admitted that the club are currently waiting to get Carl Winchester’s scans back in order to discover the severity of his current injury issue.

The Northern Ireland international picked up a knock during the Black Cats’ 5-1 victory over Cambridge United and was a notable absentee from his side’s clash with Rotherham United last night.

In the absence of Winchester, Sunderland managed to seal a point at the Stadium of Light as Neil opted to use Bailey Wright, Danny Batth and Callum Doyle in a three-man defence.

Michael Ihiekwe gave Rotherham the lead in the first-half as he headed home from Dan Barlaser’s corner.

Ben Wiles and Jordi Osei-Tutu both missed efforts to double the Millers’ advantage before the break.

Alex Pritchard went close to scoring for Sunderland in the second-half as they pushed for an equaliser.

With Rotherham seemingly set to secure all three points, the Black Cats levelled proceedings in the 88th minute as Ihiekwe diverted Jack Clark’s cross into his own goal.

As a result of this draw, Sunderland now have a one point advantage over Wycombe Wanderers who occupy seventh place in the League One standings.

After this clash, Neil shared an update on Winchester.

Speaking to the Northern Echo about the defender, Neil said: “Winny, we need to get the scans back and see what it is.”

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The Verdict

Sunderland will be hoping that Winchester’s issue doesn’t turn out to be too serious as they will be keen to call upon his versatility if they do indeed qualify for the play-offs this weekend.

During the current campaign, the 29-year-old has played at right-back, at centre-back and in central-midfield for the Black Cats.

Before picking up this knock, Winchester made 40 appearances for Sunderland in the third-tier.

If Neil is unable to call upon the services of Winchester on Saturday, he will need Batth, Doyle and Wright to step up to the mark in the club’s showdown with Morecambe as a failure to deliver the goods in this fixture could result in his side missing out on a top-six finish.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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