Phil Parkinson has today revealed that Lynden Gooch is set to miss their game against Shrewsbury Town after suffering a twisted ankle.
Parkinson speaking to the media confirmed Gooch would be out after praising his performance last time out against Tranmere Rovers where Gooch netted his fourth goal of the campaign.
“It’s not too serious but he will definitely be out of the weekend.
“He got his goal and had one disallowed. It was a good performance but he has twisted his ankle so he will have a spell out.”
Gooch has been a regular this season for the black cats featuring twelve times in the league and will be a loss for the trip to Shrewsbury.
Sunderland are currently only out of the play-offs on goal difference, although a win at the weekend, if results went their way, could take them to fourth but Parkinson’s side will have to win their game first and foremost.
Gooch has made the second most appearances across all competitions for Sunderland this season proving his worth to the club, operating from the left hand side Parkinson will be hoping someone can step up to replace Gooch in the American’s absence.
Losing a key player is always tough, however, it opens the door for someone else to stake their claim for a starting spot and turning the managers head.
Gooch was coming off the back of a good performance and having been hit with an injury, it will be frustrating for all involved.
Sunderland should have enough to beat Shrewsbury, especially if they are to continue to push for a play-off place, or higher, they will want to back up their big win last time out.