Many Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to react to Luke O’Nien’s injury setback during the club’s EFL Trophy clash with Lincoln City.
The Black Cats managed to seal a 2-1 victory over the Imps at the LNER Stadium as goals from Dan Neil and Stephen Wearne secured all three points in this group stage fixture.
However, Sunderland were unable to emerge unscathed from this particular showdown as O’Nien suffered a rib injury in the second-half.
Introduced as a substitute by manager Lee Johnson, O’Nien was only on the pitch for a short period of time before he had to be withdrawn.
The midfielder is now set to have an X-ray on his issue.
A stand-out performer for the Black Cats this season, O’Nien is currently averaging an impressive WhoScored match rating of 7.21 in League One.
With Sunderland looking to launch a push for automatic promotion this season, they will be hoping that the 26-year-old’s injury is not too serious.
Here are some of the best responses from the club’s supporters…
— 🏟 (@safc28) October 5, 2021
Should never be risking him in a game like this
— James (@jxmes123) October 5, 2021
shouldn’t be playing in this
— adam 🇮🇪 (@LanoSAFC) October 5, 2021
Why bring him on
— Lewis Baxter (@LewisBa98875240) October 5, 2021
— SAFC North Yorkshire (@SAFC_NYorkshire) October 5, 2021
Absolutely no point naming on the bench for a game like this, let alone bringing him on when we’re 2-0 up with 15 minutes left https://t.co/Pi2VU9u5gd
— Hudson (@huds8118) October 5, 2021
Why did we even bring him on though https://t.co/pHbJaKrgJA
— OJ (@OllyJames2733) October 5, 2021
unlucky lad, we need you for the league
— Luke Betteridge (@betteridge_luke) October 5, 2021
Tell you what mind. That is shocking man management from Johnson to bring O’Nien on in a game that is already won.
What’s the point? #SAFC
— Jōsh (@iiEdz_) October 5, 2021
Sunderland will be looking to win their seventh home game of the season when they face Manchester United’s Under-21 side next Wednesday.