Sunderland left-back Denver Hume missed the club’s 2-0 win at Swindon Town as a precaution around a knee problem, but may not be far away from a return to action, manager Phil Parkinson has revealed.
Hume had started all four of Sunderland’s league games prior to their trip to the County Ground this season, but was absent from the win over the Robins, with Lynden Gooch filling in in the left-wing back role.
Now it seems as though that was done in order to avoid risking the possibility of Hume being sidelined for an extended period.
Explaining the reason for the 24-year-old’s absence on Saturday, Parkinson told the Shields Gazette: “Denver did some running on Friday.
“He just hyper-extended his knee and it swelled up a bit. It’s a knee he’s had problems with before and we weren’t going to risk it because we know Goochy can do a job there, which he certainly did today.”
It does however, seem as though it may not be too long until Hume is back in action for Sunderland, as discussing when the defender might return to action, Parkinson simply added: “We don’t think Denver will be too far away.”
Next up for Sunderland is the visit of Crewe to the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night, before Portsmouth make the long trip to the North East on Saturday afternoon.
This looks to be good news for Sunderland.
Having started all of their league games prior to that win at Swindon, it does seem as though Hume could have an important part to play for the Black Cats over the rest of the campaign, which they have started promisingly.
As a result, the fact that Hume’s injury is not serious will be a relief for the club, and it does seem sensible for them not to have risked him at The County Ground on Saturday.
Indeed, after some heavy defensive injury blows during the early part of the season so far, this relatively positive news on Hume could well be a welcome change from the recent norm for those associated with Sunderland.