Sunderland have been hit with a frustrating injury blow, as Phil Parkinson has confirmed that Charlie Wyke is set for a spell in the treatment room.
Wyke picked up the injury in Sunderland’s defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon, which leaves the Black Cats 10th in the League One table.
Parkinson revealed that the 26-year-old picked up an ankle ligament injury, which would suggest that he isn’t going to be back in action anytime soon.
Marc McNulty was Wyke’s replacement on the day, but the on-loan Reading striker was unable to drag Sunderland back into the game on the day.
Wyke only has one goal to his name so far this season, but the likes of McNulty and Will Grigg will be keen to showcase their talent to Parkinson for the coming months as Wyke recovers from this irritating injury.
Sunderland are next in action on Tuesday, when they take on Tranmere Rovers in Parkinson’s first home game in charge of the Black Cats.
He won’t be given much time to turn their poor run of form around though, with Sunderland looking to bounce back from a defeat to Charlton Athletic in the League One play-off final last season.
This will be hugely frustrating for Sunderland supporters.
Wyke hasn’t been the best in front of goal this season, but Phil Parkinson would have been keen to have him available for the rest of this year’s campaign.
However, the Sunderland boss has got strong alternatives available to him in Marc McNulty and Will Grigg so he won’t be panicking too much heading into their next game.