Sunderland have today announced via Twitter that defender Dion Sanderson is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury after Lee Johnson confirmed the news.
The 21-year-old has been almost ever present for the Black Cats this term since arriving on loan from Wolves and became a key player under Johnson since the former Bristol City boss took over the top job at the Stadium of Light.
However Sanderson has now been ruled out for up to six weeks with a back injury, meaning that his loan spell in the North East appears set to end prematurely as the League One side continue to battle for a play-off place.
Naturally the news of the injury spread fast throughout the Sunderland faithful, with many taking to social media to air their views on the youngster being sidelined for a lengthy period.
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Here, we take a look at some of the best responses to the news via Twitter.
Jokes aside it’s sad we’ve seen @SandowRs play his last game for Sunderland. One of the best defenders we’ve had for a very long time, good on the ball, reads the game well and became our leader when Bailey Wright was out injured. All at the age of 21. He’s going to the top.
— Brad (@braddfearnleyy) April 27, 2021
Massive hit that, has been wonderful, our dip is totally linked to his injury – not only what he brings defensively, but also the chemistry with Burge & O Nien. Looked impenetrable for a while. Looking quite the opposite now. Hope to see him in red & white again. Thanks Dion!
— andrew (@andyoots) April 27, 2021
Yey another season in league one. pic.twitter.com/WBYkh6aW0b
— Paul🔴⚪ (@PAJUK19) April 27, 2021
Noooo 😩speedy recovery mate thank you for your awesome contribution this season..please consider signing permanently we need quality players like you..take care 🔴⚪️🔴😉👍
— Colin Roberts (@mackem49000) April 27, 2021
Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend, you have been the one, you have been the one for me 😭
— kyle (@kylemurg) April 27, 2021
Thanks for everything Dion, you’ve been immense. Good luck with your recovery.
— Ronnie Toaduff (@RToaduff) April 27, 2021
You’ve been outstanding dion 👏 all the best for the future
— Steve Reid (@richy_choc) April 27, 2021
Best loan we’ve had in years. Go and smash in the prem👏🏼🤝 @SandowRs
— DM (@D_M__98) April 27, 2021
Love you, Dion. Come back soon. Forever.
— Matthew Haley (@hales_64) April 27, 2021
We’re never seeing him in Red & white again 😢
— Jay Alderson (@Jay_Alderson04) April 27, 2021