Corry Evans is set to be out for the rest of the month with a ‘low-grade hamstring injury’ sustained in Saturday’s win over Milton Keynes Dons, Lee Johnson told ChronicleLive.
The Black Cats suffered their first defeat of the League One season on Tuesday evening, going down 1-0 at the hands of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s flying Burton Albion. The Evans news is fairly good considering it is not a long term absence for the 31-year-old but is a blow with the fans already down on the defeat.
Johnson said: “It’s a tough one with Corry. Because we recruited him late, we were chasing his minutes and he was getting fit through games at 80 percent. He’s got a low-grade hamstring injury, but we think he is a quick healer so it is probably going to be 10-14 days.”
By that timescale the Northern Ireland international should be ready to return to the first team picture for the side’s trip to face Sheffield Wednesday on 4th September. Luke O’Nien stepped into the void on Tuesday evening on what was an acceptable performance despite the disappointing outcome.
Aiden McGeady took the armband in Evans’ absence, clocking up his first match without being substituted this season even though Johnson was keen to point out his management of the former Everton man’s game time pre-match.
Tuesday evening’s loss should not lead supporters and pundits alike to jump to conclusions, Sunderland comfortably won the shot count and expected goals battle on a frustrating night.
The extent of Evans’ injury, considering how temperamental hamstrings can be, is a relief rather than a concern, at 31 as well to be expected to return in two weeks is a credit to the fitness of the individual.
The Black Cats play host to unbeaten AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, with the home faithful expecting nothing less than putting the Wombles to the sword, Mark Robinson’s hardworking young side will be well prepared for the trip, arriving at the Stadium of Light intent on upsetting the apple cart.