Sunderland manager Lee Johnson has revealed that Ross Stewart may need to have an injection to resolve the shoulder injury that he sustained during the club’s clash with Queens Park Rangers last month.
Stewart was left out of the club’s squad for their FA Cup clash with Mansfield Town last weekend and was also a notable absentee during yesterday’s EFL Trophy showdown with Bradford City.
Sunderland were knocked out of the FA Cup by Mansfield and suffered another minor setback at the Stadium of Light last night as they failed to seal victory in-front of their supporters.
Nathan Broadhead levelled proceedings for the Black Cats in this fixture after Theo Robinson opened the scoring for Bradford.
With neither side able to score a winning goal in the closing stages of the game, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Bradford sealed victory after scoring four of their spot-kicks.
Despite this defeat, Sunderland qualified for the knock-out stages of the EFL Trophy as group winners as they accumulated seven points from three matches.
Following the club’s clash with Bradford, Johnson revealed that Stewart is currently having his shoulder looked at and may need to have an injection to resolve this issue.
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Speaking to Chronicle Live about the forward, the Sunderland boss said: “Ross Stewart is having his shoulder looked at and potentially he might have to have an injection to lighten the load.”
For Sunderland’s sake, they will be hoping that Stewart will be able to make a return to full fitness as soon as possible as he has been a stand-out performer for the club this season.
When you consider that Sunderland are not set to make their return to action until November 20th, Stewart could potentially feature in their clash with Ipswich Town if he is given the all-clear to make his return to action.
The Black Cats will be desperate to get back on track in this particular showdown after suffering five defeats in their last six games in all competitions.