Sunderland missed the chance to gain ground on Barnsley in League One last night as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Oakwell.
They Tykes, who still sit in second place, remain four points ahead of Jack Ross’s side after the dull affair, although the Black Cats have a game in hand.
With just ten games left of the season, the North East club will be praying for some good fortune to help them achieve an immediate return to the second tier.
But instead, they were handed a blow of their own when it was announced that winger Duncan Watmore would likely miss the next 8-10 weeks with injury, as good as ending his season.
So, just how big a blow will this prove to be for Ross and his side?
“It’s a very big blow.
“Watmore gives the side a real energy and drive when he plays and would play a big role in the run-in.
“You have to feel sorry for him as he’s had such bad luck with injuries over the years and this will be a big setback for the forward.”
“What a cruel blow this is.
“Watmore has shown promising signs since coming back from a long-term injury lay-off, and this will be hugely frustrating.
“They should be able to cope without him though.”
“This is gutting.
“Gutting predominantly for Watmore himself, given his recent struggles, but also for Sunderland after a disappointing result.
“They now face a real battle to overtake Barnsley and losing a key attacking talent like Watmore will not help.”