Sunderland face the toughest test in the Championship right now when they travel to take on leaders Wolves on Saturday and Chris Coleman has revealed the club are struggling on the injury front.
Brian Oviedo is the latest player to miss out, with the left-back expected to miss the next two to three weeks.
The game will also come too soon for Didier Ndong and Billy Jones whilst Paddy McNair is another who won’t feature at Molineux.
Given the injury troubles, you could forgive Coleman for worrying ahead of the game against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, however even though he acknowledged they’re suffering with the absentees, he’s relishing giving the younger players an opportunity.
“I think if we look forward it will give younger ones a taste of it. Some have experience, they will get more. That’s how they will get better,” he told the Sunderland Echo.
“It’s a huge challenge. A great game. We are down to our bare bones but still it’s a great game, big crowd, good atmosphere. It is what it is but it is a challenge.”
Sunderland fans won’t be expecting anything from their trip to the West Midlands tomorrow, but they will be pleased to hear Coleman remain defiant.
It would be easy to make excuses but that attitude could rub off on the players and clearly Coleman is working about bringing a more positive approach to the club.
They have nothing to lose tomorrow as they’re massive underdogs and it’s down to the players to play with pride and do their best to pull off a shock.
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