Sunderland will certainly be feeling the full force of uncertainty within the football world.
A statement from the EFL last week confirmed that all clubs in the Premier League, the EFL and the WSL have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until April 3rd.
This includes all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two, as well as all Academy and youth team fixtures.
That means that the Wearsiders face the prospect of three weeks without a match – a period which appears highly likely to be extended given the circumstances.
While this is bad news for most associated with football, there are some Sunderland stars who will be seeing the silver lining to the EFL fixture suspension.
Here’s THREE Sunderland men who could benefit most.
The defender made a flying start to his time at the Stadium Of Light after joining on loan from Bristol City in January.
Unfortunately his spell in the first team was short-lived after suffering an injury which appeared to end his season.
While it could be a long shot, having such a break as we’re having now could give Wright the opportunity to get himself back to fitness before the end of the season, meaning that the experienced defender could still play a part in Sunderland’s promotion push.
He’s been one of Sunderland’s best this term, but by his own admission Lynden Gooch has gone off the boil a bit in recent weeks.
Injury and fatigue have no doubt played a part, and that’s why having such a substantial break could be a huge plus as they look to get the American back to full match sharpness.
If Sunderland were to get promoted the winger would have a huge role to play and so it’s key to use this situation to the best effect.
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Similar to Lynden Gooch, it’s been a decent season for the former Middlesbrough trainee.
However a back injury has certainly stopped the forward from reaching his full potential – particularly over recent weeks.
Kyle Lafferty has since replaced him in attack, but if Wyke can shake of the troublesome injury during this break then he has every opportunity to playing a big role under Phil Parkinson for the rest of the campaign.