Sunderland may have won 1-0 against Oxford United at the weekend, but their promotion charge didn’t come without suffering a blow.
January loan arrival Bailey Wright was brought off with six minutes remaining of the clash, before it was noted by Phil Parkinson that it didn’t look good.
On Tuesday, Sunderland fans’ worst nightmares were confirmed as BBC Newcastle revealed that the Australian would sit out the rest of the season because of his injury.
It was news that left supporters gutted as they took to Twitter to label their concerns about the defender’s issue.
After he came into the team, Wright only conceded two goals in five games and tasted defeat on a solitary occasion – vs Portsmouth.
Thus, the gutting feeling shared by some is completely understandable. One even chose to describe the situation as disastrous, although that may be a bit far considering they have Alim Ozturk to come back into the side.
A further individual suggested the Black Cats would fall away from the automatic promotion places. Currently, they sit in fifth place.
That’s a massive blow!
— Wayne Holden (@w24holden) February 18, 2020
Bailey Wright has been superb since he came to us. It’s a disaster that he has got injured at this point of the season (even if it is unsurprising) with any luck we can continue our hard work defensively and push on in these last 13 games #SAFC
— Miking (@MikSkol) February 18, 2020
Won’t get automatics now
— Ruaidhri (@RuaidhriSAFC) February 18, 2020
Two other fans made reference to Wright’s shoddy injury record, revealing their angst in seeing him out for the remainder of the campaign.
The Australian spent eight months out injured in 2018, missing the World Cup in Russia as he struggled for any regular minutes throughout that calendar year.
On top of that, the 27-year-old missed a couple of the months at the start of the current term. His injury history was what led him to Sunderland but it appears as though he can’t catch a break when it comes to fitness.
Huge blow but its not like we didn’t know he was injury prone.
— Steve harrison (@Steveha75763331) February 18, 2020
Gutted for bailey wright, I personally would offer him a 1 year deal next season regardless of what league we were in. Bristol City fans did warn us that he was very injury prone. Hopefully he can have a good pre season and playing more helps with injuries.
— Tom (@Leech27Tom) February 18, 2020
Other supporters used it as an opportunity to hail the centre-back who has been an immense performer for Phil Parkinson’s men.
Sunderland’s defensive record with him in the side speaks for itself. They’ve come become a resolute outfit that are incredibly difficult to break down. The fact Jon McLaughlin has kept the most clean sheets of any stopper in the top four divisions this year speaks volumes.
One of Wright’s most impressive statistics this term has been his clearances, performing as many as 4.6 per game, via WhoScored.
Gutted for him wish him a speedy recovery
— Oluwaseun Bamgboye (@bamgboyeolu) February 18, 2020
Gutted bailey wright is out for the rest of the season he’s been class 🔴⚪
— lee sproat (@sproaty28) February 18, 2020
Massive shame…as he has played his part in the last few games,especially bringing the ball out of defence.I wish all the very best.
— Stephen Nesbitt (@StephenNesbit16) February 18, 2020
Gutted it’s looking like Bailey Wright’s season could be over as hes looked class for us! #SAFC
— Gareth Cairns (@GarethCairns) February 18, 2020
Wright is out of contract at the end of the season with Bristol City so it’ll be interesting to see whether the Black Cats decide to bring him in permanently.