Sunderland have announced that their game against Bristol Rovers later this month has been postponed due to members of their squad being called up for international duty.
Phil Parkinson’s side currently sit seventh in the League One table, and are already two games behind some of their promotion rivals heading towards the festive period.
So, it means that Sunderland will have to catch up the fixtures before the season draws to a conclusion, which could prove to be an issue in their bid for promotion this term.
One area where they would have been short in for the Bristol Rovers game was the goalkeeping position, with Lee Burge currently out injured and Jon McLaughlin recently being called up to the Northern Ireland squad.
It means that they’ll temporarily fall further behind the promotion-chasing pack in League One, but Parkinson will be hoping his side can benefit from a rest over the international break.
Plenty of Sunderland fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on this latest announcement.
See the best of the reaction below….
So many snowflake Sunderland fans. The way we’re playing right now, the postponement is the best thing that could happen.
— Gavin Frater (@njmackem) November 7, 2019
One keeper is away on international duty and the other is injured so unless we could get an emergancy loan for kyle walker i think its a very sensible decision
— Tom (@thomasburn1) November 7, 2019
Good decision on this occasion.
— David Glen (@DavidGl74220890) November 7, 2019
— Andy Wilkinson (@AndyWil76646694) November 7, 2019
Shambles. Another season slipping away
— Forza Sunderland (@ForzaSunderland) November 7, 2019
Absolutely no mention of ticket refunds 🤔
— Sunderland Tweets ⚽️ (@WearsideRoar) November 7, 2019
GaMeS iN HaNd 🤪🤪
— ChrisLad (@ChrisCoulyacker) November 7, 2019
Correct decision but will leave us with 3 games in hand. If we have a bad winter weather wise we may have other matches to arrange. Starting to look like last season when playing catch up cost us.
— kevin defty (@kevindefty1) November 7, 2019
Why are people annoyed? We have lost 1 GK and the other might not be fit. Makes sense to postpone it rather than having a 3rd choice kid in goal.
— Andrew Tonge (@tongey93) November 7, 2019