Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson says the club will revisit the situation around injured Bristol City loanee Bailey Wright at the end of the season.
Wright joined the Black Cats on loan for the remainder of the campaign back in the January transfer window, and has so far made five appearances for Parkison’s League One promotion chasers.
However, Sunderland have now been dealt a blow following the news that Wright is set to face up to 12 weeks on the sidelines with an injury suffered in last week’s 1-0 win at Oxford United, potentially ruling him out for the rest of the season.
With his contract at parent club Bristol City set to expire at the end of this season, that setback has heaped yet more uncertainty on Wright’s future, and it seems Parkinson as yet to decide where he stands on the future of the Australian international.
Speaking about Wright’s future in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s clash with Bristol Rovers on Saturday afternoon, Parkinson was quoted by The Chronicle’s live blog (12:45): “There is a lot of this season left. He is going through rehab and then we will revisit it at the end of the season and have a chat with him.”
As things stand, Sunderland are fifth in the League One table, three points adrift of the automatic promotion places with 13 games of their season remaining.
Wright, who joined Bristol City from Preston back in 2017 winter transfer window, has made a total of 83 appearances in all competitions for his parent club, scoring once.
This is probably a sensible approach from Parkinson.
With Sunderland still well in the battle for League One promotion that has engulfed so much of the division, it is hard for them to know just what level they will playing at next season.
That will no doubt have an effect on what they can and can’t do with regards to the likes of Wright, given the financial difference between playing as a League One club, and playing as a Championship club.
You do feel however, that given the impressive impact he made during his brief spell in the Black Cats lineup, the option of another move for Wright will at least be considered by Sunderland again in the summer window.