Bailey Wright has suffered an injury setback, according to Sunderland boss Lee Johnson.
The central defender hasn’t featured for the Black Cats since mid-February after suffering an injury that has kept him out of action for the last nine matches.
That run of form has seen the Wearsiders really kick on in the push for promotion from League One, while also seeing them win the Papa John’s Trophy after victory over Tranmere Rovers at the weekend.
Wright was thought to be in contention for the contest at Wembley Stadium, but while delivering encouraging news on Aiden O’Brien and Jordan Jones, Johnson said that the 28-year-old suffered a setback as he pushed to be ready for the showpiece event.
Speaking after the 2-0Accrington Stanley win, as quoted by Chronicle Live, Johnson said: “I was happy that we could use the squad, we’ve still got some really good players to come back in and they are champing at the bit, Bailey Wright, Aiden O’Brien, Jordan Jones and players like those.
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“It’s nice to have the options going into the last eight weeks or so of the season.
“First to return will probably be O’Brien, then Jordan.
“Bailey Wright is a bit of a frustrating one, we maybe pushed him a bit too early to try and make the final and that has just set him back a little I think.”
This is a real shame for Bailey Wright.
While Lee Johnson hasn’t detailed just how big the setback is, it’s still bound to be hugely frustrating for the central defender.
Wright will be hoping to play a big part in the promotion push but with his injury proving troublesome it’ll be interesting to see when he’s eventually passed fit to return.