Sunderland manager Lee Johnson has revealed that Nathan Broadhead and Dennis Cirkin will have to be assessed ahead of the club’s clash with Portsmouth this weekend.
Meanwhile, Callum Doyle and Lyndon Gooch could both be in line to make their return to the Black Cats’ match-day squad after missing yesterday’s meeting with Cheltenham Town.
In the absence of Doyle and Gooch, Sunderland managed to deliver a fantastic display in-front of their supporters as they maintained their 100% record at the Stadium of Light this season.
Bailey Wright gave his side the lead in the 11th minute as he scored his first goal of the season.
Ross Stewart then netted a quick-fire brace to extend his side’s advantage in the first-half.
Following the break, Luke O’Nien and Leon Dajaku scored for Sunderland as they completely outclassed their opponents.
Currently top of the third-tier standings, Sunderland will now be looking to extend their advantage over the chasing pack by securing all three points in their showdown with Portsmouth.
Ahead of his side’s trip to Fratton Park, Johnson offered an update on Broadhead, Cirkin, Doyle and Gooch.
Speaking to the Shields Gazette about Broadhead, the Sunderland boss said: “Nathan was frustrated because he felt a little bit of tightness in his hamstring.
“He’s a bit down about it, but we’ll have to see how it is.
“He maybe felt it a bit earlier [against Cheltenham] and should have come off a bit earlier, but he did a couple more sprints and felt it a bit more.
“It’s very early to assess something like that, it could be cramp, it could be a myofascial tear, or it could be a bad one, we don’t know.”
Making reference to Cirkin’s issue, Johnson said: “We’ll have to see, we’ll have to assess him.
“In terms of the concussion protocol, he is complying with that and doing well.
“We’ll try to get him out on the grass tomorrow and go very, very light with him and see how he responds.”
Speaking about Doyle and Gooch, Johnson added: “We’ve got Gooch coming back, hopefully on Saturday or maybe the Tuesday game, hopefully Callum Doyle as well.”
Although Sunderland didn’t exactly struggle in the absence of these aforementioned players yesterday, they may need to call upon the services of Doyle, Gooch, Cirkin and Broadhead in the not too distant future.
Whereas Doyle and Gooch could be in line to feature on Saturday, it remains to be seen whether Cirkin and Broadhead will be available for this fixture.
In order to prevent the risk of further injury setbacks, Johnson ought to consider easing this quartet back into action when they are fit enough to play at senior level.
By replicating the performance that they produced against Cheltenham in this weekend’s showdown with Portsmouth, Sunderland may be able to seal an eighth league victory of the season.