Robbin Ruiter is set to be out of action for three months with a dislocated finger.
Ruiter suffered the injury in training ahead of this weekend’s clash with Bristol City, and according to a report in the Chronicle Live, will now be sidelined for a lengthy period of the Sky Bet Championship season.
So far during the 2017/18 campaign, Ruiter has featured on 20 occasions in the Championship, with the 30-year-old keeping five clean sheets and featuring as Chris Coleman’s first choice during his time as manager at the Stadium of Light.
However, Lee Camp’s deadline day arrival saw Ruiter dropped last weekend, with Coleman installing a new number one ahead of the second-half of the season.
Ruiter was demoted to the bench, but his injury now means that it is likely Jason Steele, the man who started the season as first choice under Simon Grayson, will be promoted to the bench.
Sunderland have conceded 52 Championship goals this season, with only Burton Albion (58) conceding more than them during the opening 30 fixtures.
Coleman’s side currently sit 23rd in the Championship table, two points adrift of safety heading into the final 16 fixtures of the season.
Ruiter might’ve lost his place to Camp in the starting XI, but his injury and lengthy lay-off are still a blow for Sunderland.
The goalkeeper has had an inconsistent season, but he is still a better option on the bench than Steele, having proved himself to be the better goalkeeper over the course of the season.
Coleman will be hoping Camp can stay clear of injuries and suspensions between now and the end of the season, as the constant changing of goalkeepers at Sunderland has been a problem.
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